There is never a more important time to protect your teeth than when you’re a child. Because baby teeth are the framework for adult teeth to properly come through.
Reasons for protecting baby teeth
To ensure your child has the best chances of having good dental health in the future, it’s necessary to provide protection for their baby teeth.
Some of the reasons for protecting baby teeth include:
Speech development: Teeth help in the control of air leaving your mouth to create different sounds. Your child will learn how to make new sounds by pressing their tongue up against their teeth. For this reason, it is important that baby teeth are well looked after to ensure your child is given the maximum chance to develop their speech.
Chewing: Children need baby teeth to be able to chew food properly, and in turn, digest their food better.
Healthy smile: Maintaining good dental health for your child will ensure that any decay and other issues can be avoided. This will lead to a healthy smile that looks great.
Healthy adult teeth: Protecting your child baby teeth from decay is crucial as they have a direct effect on the adult teeth that follow. If baby teeth are lost early due to decay or any other issues, then this increases the chance of crowding once the adult teeth come through. Baby teeth should naturally fall out once the adult teeth begin to come through.
When should I bring my child in for their first visit?
It is recommended that you bring your child in for their first visit once their baby teeth start to come through. This gives us a chance to make sure that everything is coming through correctly and that there will be no issues.
It’s important that your child visits the dentist as early as possible, so they are can growing feeling much more comfortable with visiting the dentist. It is also important to not make the dentist seem like a scary place, and to try and make it as pleasant as possible for your child.
First dental appointment:
During your child’s first dental appointment, the dentist will first get to know both you and your child’s medical history. Your child will undergo a visual oral examination, where the dentist will examine their gums, teeth and overall mouth.
The dentist will be able to answer any of your questions or any questions that your child may have and will be able to tell you exactly how to care for your child’s oral health.
Your dentist will discuss:
- Baby bottle tooth decay
- Tooth decay risks and prevention
- Potential bite issues
- Teething (baby teeth coming through)
- Infant feeding advice
- Dental cleaning for children
After your child’s initial appointment, it is important that you keep track of their oral health and come back for six monthly check ups.
Baby teeth cleaning:
Before your infant begins teething, you should be wiping your child’s gums to get rid of any harmful bacteria.
You should be brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with a wet cloth or small soft bristled toothbrush when the first tooth comes through. Once there are two teeth next to each other that have come though, it is important that you and your child start flossing.
After about 18 months old, it is safe to begin using low fluoride toothpaste, allowing for the strengthening of the enamel.
It is recommended that you brush your child’s teeth up until the age of about seven, where they can then brush their teeth themselves. It is still recommended that you supervise them whilst brushing.
The friendly team here at Access Dental Care love looking after new little smiles and will make sure that your child’s oral health is in the best shape possible. If you have any questions or would like to book in for an appointment, please contact us here.