As a parent, you may be facing problems with dental issues? May think, what is the secret of having healthy teeth? If your kids teeth that are bad need to follow regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits to ensure healthy teeth. In this blog, you will learn more about primary teeth and how to take care of them.
Why are primary teeth important?
Do you know that primary teeth are important as they help your kid to eat and speak? Taking good care of them is a must. All teeth have an outer layer of enamel; this layer of enamel of primary teeth is thinner than the enamel of permanent teeth. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria present in the tooth of your kid. You may know breast milk is the healthiest, but it also causes tooth decay, so keep cleaning before and after breastfeeding.
Decay in teeth is preventable. Good oral hygiene habits and a healthy diet, established early, significantly decrease the risk of developing dental decay.
Here are some tips for taking care of your kid’s teeth and how to develop good oral hygiene.
- After birth, try to clean your kid’s mouth and gums by wiping with a soft cloth after food
- First tooth: Make them brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush
- 12 months: On their 1st birthday, take the kid for their first dental visit
- 18 months: Add low fluoride on your kid’s toothpaste to the brush
- Two and a half years: Start flossing between any teeth that touch
- Four to five years: It is the time make them start to brush their teeth
- Six years: Time to switch to adult toothpaste and continue to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste.
- Eight years: Allow your child to brush and floss unsupervised and keep continuing regular dental check-ups.
How can children start teething?
As a new parent, do not panic when you see your child is getting their teeth.
- Rub the gums with a clean finger
- Offer those kids something to chew
- Do not rub anesthetic or numbing gels on your kid’s gums as they may swallow it.
- Avoid giving teething biscuits, which may contain sugar.
- Do not ignore a fever when your kid is six months old, but call a doctor. Bigger kids with a mild fever you can treat at home. However, consuming a good amount of liquids is better for them.
When Should Start Brushing Their Teeth?
Good dental care is necessary as teeth growth begins from the second trimester of pregnancy.
Here are few tips which will help you start brushing.
- Use a damp cloth over the gums to clean away the bacteria and other food particles
- When your kids start brushing, give them an infant toothbrush
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- When baby teeth start coming out, need to start flossing
- By 2 years your child needs to learn to spit while brushing
- By 3 years give kids to use fluoride toothpaste.
By 6 to 7 years, baby teeth will start to fall out, so take good care. Untreated tooth decay can affect the adult teeth and their gum line.