How To Care For Children’s Teeth

 

How To Care For Children’s Teeth

 

Care For Children's Teeth

 

Tooth Decay

The major cause of tooth decay is from a lack of brushing. This leads to a buildup of plaque, which harbors bacteria. Eating sweet, sugary, sticky foods encourages this bacteria to produce acid which can cause tooth decay and bleeding gums (gingivitis).

 

Cleaning teeth

It is important to teach your children how to brush their teeth correctly and this can be achieved by giving them a small toothbrush to play with at bath time, this will get them used to handling a tooth brush.

As soon as their teeth start to appear you can start cleaning them with a small, soft brush and water, initially do not use any tooth paste.

When your child is older you can introduce a small amount of junior fluoride tooth paste onto the brush and help them to clean their teeth.

Remember:

  • At a minimum, Your Child’s teeth should be cleaned just before bed to reduce harmful bacteria build up over night. Brushing before bed and after breakfast every day is optimal
  • If your child is under ten years old they may find it difficult to clean their teeth properly and require both motivation and assistance
  • From around one year of age your child should have regular checkups with a dentist to ensure that there are no complications with good tooth and gum development

 

Preventing Sore Gums And Tooth Decay In Children

  • To help avoid early tooth decay be sure to finish feeding before they go to bed – Do not put them down with a bottle
  • Avoid eating sweet, sugary, sticky foods – especially in-between meals
  • Try to avoid sweet drinks and juices
  • Give foods that make them chew (this promotes saliva production which helps neutralize acid)
  • Brush before bed and after breakfast every day
  •  From about 3-4 years of age Use dental floss daily
  • Do not put sticky sweet substances like honey on the Child’s dummy to help sooth them

 

Coping With Dental Emergencies

  • Toothache – If you notice a cavity or your child has a toothache take them to the dentist immediately. Tooth decay can progress into a very painful infection
  • If your child experiences bleeding gums whilst brushing take them to the dentist immediately – the bleeding may simply be caused by improper cleaning, but it may also be a sign of a more severe medical condition which only your dentist can diagnose and treat

 

Damaged Or Lost Teeth

  • This one is a no brainer – If your child has damaged or lost a tooth take them to the dentist immediately, especially if the tooth is loose. To ensure long term survival of the tooth it is important to have it re-inserted into the socket and/or splinted as soon as possible. Preferably within one hour.
  • If a permanent tooth is knocked out put it in either milk or saline (salt water) and take your child to the dentist immediately
  • If you cannot get to the dentist within an hour rinse the tooth in milk or saline by holding it at the crown and dipping it in the solution, do not touch the roots and do not scrub the tooth. Then carefully place it back in the socket being sure that it is the right way round and head to the nearest dentist
  • Do not attempt to replace a baby tooth


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