WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF BABY TEETH? WHY SHOULD IT BE SAVED?
The first baby teeth, known as primary teeth or milk teeth start to erupt through the gums between the ages of 6 months to one year of age. All 20 primary teeth will usually erupt by the age of three. Even if they eventually fall out and are replaced with permanent adult teeth, milk teeth are extremely important. Pediatric dental care (pediatric dentistry) is important for the child’s overall health and well-being.
- Help children chew food easily and properly
- Help children speak more quickly and clearly
- Hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when it’s their turn to erupt
- Set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
WHAT IS TEETHING?
When baby teeth emerge through the gum, it’s called teething. It can be a bit painful, and it can make your child cranky. But, it’s a very natural process that every developing child goes through. Your baby’s gums may be sore and tender, and they may drool a bit.
To alleviate teething pain:
- Gently rub your child’s gums with a clean finger, a wet gauze pad, or a small, cool spoon
- Give your child something to chew on, like a cool washcloth or a rubber teething ring.
If nothing seems to be working and your teething baby continues to be cranky and demonstrate signs of pain, call your dentist or paediatrician.
ARE THUMB SUCKING AND PACIFIER HABITS HARMFUL FOR A CHILD’S TEETH?
Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or anything they can get their mouths on can help babies learn to feel safe and secure. If they go on for a long time, thumb and pacifier sucking habits can cause:
- Crooked teeth and bite problems can result from thumb sucking.
- The roof of the mouth can become unnaturally constricted or elevated and the jaws may not develop properly.
Children usually stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two and four years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt.
But if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past this age, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.
WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE TAKEN TO THE DENTIST?
Most experts recommend that you take your child to his first dentist appointment within six months of his first tooth’s arrival, or by the time he turns one. If your toddler’s teeth are obviously discoloured, then you should take him to the dentist sooner rather than later.
WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENTS DOES SK SMILE DENTAL CLINIC PROVIDE FOR KIDS?
SK SMILE DENTAL CLINIC provides comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:
- Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
- Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
- Habit counselling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
- Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
- Repair of tooth cavities or defects
- Management of gum diseases and conditions, including ulcers.
- Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth).
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S TEETH DURING SPORTING EVENTS?
Custom fitted, soft plastic mouth guards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport-related injuries.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF YOUR CHILD FALLS AND KNOCKS OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH?
The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the dentist.
HOW CAN THE CHILD’S DIET BE MADE SAFE FOR HIS TEETH?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children’s teeth.
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