For a parent nothing in this world would be as special as her child’s happy and healthy smile. We as parents know the importance of a child’s oral health. Oral hygiene is very important since childhood itself. Dental care needs to begin before a baby’s first tooth appears.
Just because we cannot see the teeth doesn’t mean they aren’t there. For general information, the formation of teeth actually begins from the second trimester of pregnancy itself. We may not be able to see but at birth, our baby has a set of 20 primary teeth, out of which few are completely developed within the jaw. And we think teeth appeared after a baby is 3-4 months old!!
For initial few months a damp, soft cloth can be run over the baby’s gums twice everyday to keep away the harmful bacteria.
0.5 To 2 Years
As the teeth appear and are prominent, we can brush their teeth with a soft bristled infant toothbrush, using just the rice grain sized amount of kids’ toothpaste Uptil the age of 2 years. If good feeding habits aren’t practiced, even our small babies can develop tooth decay.
It might sound convenient to put a baby to sleep with a bottle, but it definitely sounds harmful for the baby’s teeth. When the baby is left with uncleaned teeth, the sugars from juice or milk which remains on a baby’s teeth for hours, may eat away the enamel, creating a dental issue called bottle mouth.
Around the age of 2 years, most kids learn to spit while brushing. So of course, with supervision, we can take pea-sized amount of kids’ toothpaste and teach them the brushing skills and the importance, uptil the age of 5. Brush at least twice a day.
Maintain a habit of gargling after every munch, may it be breakfast, meals or anything. You should also brush her tongue to keep the breath fresh. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look damaged.
Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. If your child must snack, go for healthful options such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheese or homemade snacks. Do not let him/her overdo sweets, which also include fruits, juices and jelly etc. or starchy foods like breads, crackers, noodles, pasta etc.
as all of these contribute to dental problems. Serve these items at mealtime rather than as snacks. For infants, set definite times for drinking, because sucking on a bottle all the day round will likewise damage the young teeth. Eat lots of whole foods, fruits, vegetables and drink water, lemon water instead of soda or cold drinks.
Experts say that a child should visit the dentist by her first birthday. If you haven’t taken her yet, fix an appointment quick. There after visit the dentist twice a year. Besides the regular checkup, the dentist will also help keep your teeth extra clean and white. And above all, do not forget to smile and Say Cheese………………!!