Top 5 Dental Care Tips for Babies and Pre-Schoolers
Are you aware that good dental care begins before your baby’s first tooth appears? Just because you can’t see the teeth doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Very soon, your baby will have all 20 primary teeth fully developed in the jaw. So it is imperative you take care of those little growing choppers. Here are some tips to help you take care of them:
- Even before your baby starts teething, clean their mouth with a damp cloth at least twice a day. It will prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the gums.
- Don’t let your baby sleep with a bottle or pacifier in their mouth. Doing so increases the risk of decay in the outer shell of their baby teeth. Avoid using these entirely after 12 months of age.
- As your child starts consuming more solid foods, remove the dependency on the bottle. Limit the frequency of sweet drinks and food you give to your baby, and promote healthy habits from an early age.
- When your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of infant toothpaste that your dentist has recommended.
- Only give your child breast milk, formula or cooled boiled water at bedtime or at night.
When should we see a dentist?
It is recommended that all children visit the dentist when the first tooth appears or by 12 months of age, whichever happens first. Taking a child to the dentist early and when there are no problems with their teeth allows them to get to know their dentist, have a positive experience and make future visits more familiar.
Dentists worldwide recommend that children visit the dentist regularly (every six to 12 months) for a check-up, even if they don’t appear to have any problems. Visiting the dentist regularly can help prevent early detection and management of tooth decay.