Advice From a Mommy Dentist on Maintaining Your Child’s Oral Health
As parents, we try very hard to provide our child with the best of everything. Especially when it comes to the health of our tiny little ones, we always want them to be safe.
I want to share some of the dental problems that can affect your child’s teeth at an early age. Most parents are unaware of these and the ways to prevent them.
First of all, it’s important to know that tooth decay is a top chronic infectious disease which is 100% preventable. 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they enter playschool.
Types of Tooth Decay in Babies and Toddlers
1. Nursing Bottle Caries
This type of tooth decay affects the new tiny whites of your baby. They affect only the front teeth. Sugar added to formula milk is the cause of this decay. They look like black spots in between the teeth. If you see such spots on your child’s teeth, visit a dentist.
How to Prevent It
Rubbing a clean index finger over your baby’s teeth after every feed can prevent the tooth from decaying.
2. Caries in Milk Teeth
Decay in this case can affect all of your baby’s teeth. Sticky food items, chocolates and sugary foods are the reasons for such a decay. You can see tiny black or grey spots anywhere on your child’s teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to pain.
How to Prevent It
Use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth to brush twice a day, daily. Visit your dentist every 6 months.
Some Extra Tips to Follow
Your child could do the following things to ensure that his teeth stay strong and healthy:
- Drink lots of milk as it makes the teeth strong.
- Eat a lot of cheese as well.
- Avoid snacking in between meals.
- Brush after every meal.
- Avoid having too many sweets.
- Stop thumb sucking as it can lead to ugly gaps in between teeth.
I hope you all will follow my advice to keep your baby’s teeth healthy and strong!
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