Monday, 19 March 2012

Dental Care For Toddlers

Good dental care is must for kids as healthy set of teeth ensures your toddler is able to eat properly and speak clearly. Parents at times are not able to judge how much dental care their child needs. They know that they want to prevent cavities but are not aware of how to do it. Dental care must begin early from the time first tooth comes in.
The first teeth, usually known as milk teeth, emerge around six months of age.  It is often not fully formed or hardened and may decay easily. Most kids develop full set of teeth around two years. This process is called teething.
Teething usually causes discomfort to toddlers and makes them fussy. The develop craving to chew and that’s why parents must provide clean teething ring and teething toys. Parents must remember every child has his own schedule for teething.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth.  So, proper regime of brushing and cleaning teeth must be followed. Enrolling your child into early oral health care habit ensures dental care even when he grows up. Consult a dentist in case if you have doubts and concerns regarding development of your child's teeth.
Brush Twice a Day
From the very beginning child must be taught to brush twice a day (in the morning and the night after dinner). If toddler fusses about brushing every time, parents can develop interest in child by buying him new toothbrush with cartoon characters on it.
Proper Brushing Technique
Parents can supervise their child and tell him how to do brushing by following simple steps:

- Parents can guide child how to gently brush on both the sides i.e. inside and outside surfaces. Also, must clean the tongue to dislodge bacteria that causes bad breath and in the end how to rinse mouth properly with water.

- For first timers, let your toddler use soft-bristled toothbrush and use a pea-sized dab of ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Also, make sure toddler doesn’t swallow the toothpaste.

- Teach your child to brush inside of the tooth first as it is where most plaque accumulates. The method is to brush gently back and forth.

- Tell him to use tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth. Also, angle the brush along the outer gum line to clean it properly.

- Regular dental checkup is must.  Parents must bring child to the dentist by her first birthday.

1 comment:

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