A toothbrush can be used to remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, usually designed for babies, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
Usually, It is recommended to make an appointment for your child with a certified pediatric dentist when his/her first tooth appears, in order to prevent dental problems.
Pediatric dentists go through two to three years of specialty training because children experience different dental issues than adults whereas a family dentist takes care of children’s as well as adults’ teeth.
Primary or Baby teeth are as important to infants and children as permanent teeth are to older children and adults. These teeth help a child to chew and speak clearly as well as they also aid in saving space for their future permanent teeth.
First, try using warm salt water to help relieve the irritated area and place a cold pack or cold compress on the face to reduce swelling. You can also give your child acetaminophen (e.g., Children’s Tylenol) if his/her pain persists for a long time, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. The best would be to see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits may interfere with the healthy growth of a child’s mouth if they go on for a very long period of time. Usually, most children outgrow these habits on their own, however, if they suck their thumbs or fingers even in the age of three, a mouth appliance is preferably recommended by your pediatric dentist.
Usually, it is recommended to visit your child’s pediatric dentist for a check-up every six months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when to take your child to them based on your kid’s personal oral health.
It is recommended to bring oral hygiene practices into use as early as possible. For the first few months, you should clean your baby’s gums with a soft cloth and water to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Parents should use fluoride-infused toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they have their first tooth and when they have all their teeth. However, when they reach the age of between 3 to 6, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop. Make sure your child brushes their teeth gently over two minutes and spit the toothpaste out.
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, dairy products, and meat fish, and eggs. Limiting starchy and sugary foods such as candy and potato chips will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. Your pediatric dentist can also help you select foods to protect your children’s teeth.
Sealants are a thin plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealant quickly penetrates the grooves of the teeth, and thereby form a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Usually, sealants can safely remain on the teeth for up to 10 years, they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can replace sealants as necessary.
Visit your pediatric dentist to evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of drinking water. If you live in an area that does not have enough fluoride to drinking water, then your child’s dentist might prescribe a fluoride supplement.
Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect all areas of the mouth, including teeth, lips, gums, lips, and cheeks from sport-related accidents or injuries. Have your pediatric dentist design a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your child from severe injuries to the head.
Try to find the tooth. Once you find it, handle it by its crown rather than its roots and reinsert it in the socket. However, you can place the tooth in a small plastic bag with some milk. Put the plastic bag in a cup of ice and take it immediately to the pediatric dentist.
There is a less chance of risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are very careful and as far as radiation is concerned, the amount to which children are exposed is minimal. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
Parents should teach kids to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to floss regularly and take their kids to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Your pediatric dentist can suggest a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children.