Taking Care of Your Baby’s Gums
To help prevent the accumulation of plaque bacteria that can cause decay, pediatric dentists and pediatricians strongly recommend that newborn’s gums must be wiped regularly with a wet towel after feeding. In addition, measures should be taken to prevent baby bottle tooth decay, a disease that occurs in 15% of children and causes serious and rapid decay of baby teeth. To prevent this from happening, do not let your baby drink a bottle of formula milk or sugary drinks, such as fruit juice while lying in bed. The possibility of tooth decay is directly related to the number of times the sweet item (sugar) is in contact with the tooth
Brushing Your Baby’s First Teeth
About four months or so, the child usually starts to grow his teeth. When the first tooth comes in, it’s time to start brushing, and you need to schedule a dentist appointment. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and cavities are common problems associated with the growing teeth of children. Brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes to prevent tooth decay and help your baby adjust to the recommended brushing time.
Do Babies Need Special Toothbrush and Toothpaste?
Just like developing children need special attention exactly the same way their teeth also need special attention. Use a toothbrush with super-soft bristles until your child turns two to three years old when your child is safely switched to fluoride toothpaste under your close supervision, For your baby, if you want to start training on toothpaste in the future, look for a cleanser that is safe to swallow, does not contain fluoride, and does not contain artificial colors or preservatives. Fruity and non-foaming formulas will also help.
Children’s Oral Health Statistics
- Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.
- Millions of school hours are wasted every year due to dental problems.
- Among children between the ages of three and four, almost 20% have at least one untreated tooth before going to the dentist for the first time.
- 50% of children suffer from gingivitis.
- Dental problems cause 51 million school hours to be lost every year.
With the help of such statistics, more and more attention is paid to the oral care routine of our children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, five times higher than asthma and several times higher than hay fever.
How many teeth, when?
The first tooth is already in your child’s jaw at birth. Usually, after 6 months, the first tooth will appear in the mouth. Your child already has 20 teeth when he is 2 1/2 to 3 years old. The front teeth fell between 6 and 7 years old. The posterior teeth (the teeth used for chewing) do not fall out until the child is 10 or 12 years old. In order to maintain healthy teeth, it is very important to take care of your baby’s gums and teeth before they appear in the mouth.
Considering the following factors, look for products designed to meet the needs of children at different stages:
- Dentition-formation of teeth and jaw
- Agility-ability to handle toothbrushes
- Development-emotional changes and interests
Keeping baby teeth clean and healthy is important because :
- It makes it easier for your child to talk.
- Makes chewing and eating easier.
- If the baby’s teeth are not taken care of, it may cause tooth decay.
- An infection that may affect the child’s general health.
- Need expensive dental care.
- Damage to the permanent teeth of the foundation.
- Lack of school or need urgent care.
- Can lose the space required for permanent teeth to enter.