Early Dental Care

Teething

Your child’s milk teeth will usually start showing when they’re between 6-12 months old. During this time, your child will experience soreness and swelling in the gums, and this can continue until he or she turns 3. Because of the discomfort your child feels, he or she will become easily agitated but you can make it more bearable for your little one by buying teething medications and allowing your child to use a cold teething ring. Don’t use teething biscuits since they contain sugar.

Teething is a delicate period in your child’s life. During this phase, you need to watch out for signs of tooth decay. This happens when you feed your child milk just before sleeping because during sleep, saliva flow is reduced causing the milk to stay in the mouth and causing erosion to the teeth enamel. Milk has sugar which react with bacteria inside the mouth and this leads to the production of acids that eat away at the enamel. As much as possible, give you child only water to drink when they go to sleep. If you notice any dull spots in your child’s mouth, please inform his or her pediatric dentist right away.

Infant’s New Teeth

Milk teeth, which is also called primary teeth, are essential in every child’s dental development. The milk teeth enable your child to speak clearly and chew foods. They also aid in the proper development of the jaws as well as pave the way for the growth of permanent teeth.

Because the milk teeth are instrumental in creating pathways for permanent teeth, it’s important that they develop properly. If your child has a poorly developed set of teeth or are missing a few teeth due to decay, they may require space retainers to ensure that the pathway does not close up prior to the growth of permanent teeth.

Teach your child as early as possible to care for their teeth. By helping them develop good oral habits early, they will be able to avoid dental problems as they grow older.

A Child’s First Dental Visit

For parents who are wondering when is the right time to take their child to the dentist for the first time, experts recommend that they need to do so when their child turns 1. Our office is child-friendly. It’s bright, warm and comfortable to enable your child to relax and feel at ease. This builds trust and prevents any anxiety during ensuing visits.

Primary Teeth Are Very Important

There are several reasons why primary (milk) teeth are deemed important. Good teeth enable kids to eat well and stay healthy. They also allow them to speak clearly and have a positive self-image. Finally, the primary teeth guide the eruption of permanent teeth.

Healthy Teeth with a Healthy Diet

The food a child eats plays a crucial role in the health of their teeth. Foods that are high in sugar and carbs can produce acids that destroy the tooth enamel. You need to make sure your child consumes foods like cheese, veggies, low-fat yogurt, and milk for healthy gums, teeth and bones.

Infant Tooth Eruption

Your child’s milk teeth will begin to come out around 3-6 months. Usually, the first ones to erupt are the two bottom front teeth and then the two upper front teeth follows. Over the next two years, the rest of the milk teeth will come out. When your child is 3 years old, all milk teeth should already be complete.

Then by the time your child turns 6, permanent teeth will begin to replace the primary (milk) teeth. The first ones to come out are the bottom front teeth. The eruption of permanent teeth will continue until the age of 21.

How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay is a term that refers to the decaying of teeth brought about by feeding milk to an infant just before sleeping. To avoid this problem, feed your little one only water before bedtime or allow them to use a pacifier. If you notice any unusual changes in your child’s mouth, please inform us right away.