Dental Treatment in Children
Early treatment of children's dental needs is important, because primary teeth form the foundation for adult, permanent teeth. Contemporary management recommendations are that professional intervention begin at approximately 12 months of age or shortly after the permanent teeth begins to erupt.
Regular dental checkups can make a lasting impact on future oral health. But check-ups alone do NOT prevent cavities. Between dental visits, these simple guidelines will help maintain your child's healthy smile.
FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
You should take your child to the dentist soon after the first tooth comes in. The dentist will show you how to clean your baby's teeth and explain proper feeding habits to prevent tooth decay.
The earlier you bring your child to dentist, the better chance your child has to establish good dental habits for a lifetime.
BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
- Clean your infant's teeth & gums at least twice a day.
- Using the bottle as a pacifier can lead to tooth decay because when your baby goes to sleep with the nipple in his mouth the milk stays collected on his front teeth. The natural sugar in breast and cow's milk is quickly converted to acid.
- Trade a bottle for a cup by age one.
Thumb sucking is a natural occurrence for many babies & newborns derive satisfaction from it. During the first year of life, thumb sucking should not be discouraged. If thumb sucking continues beyond 4-5 years of age consult your dentist. If the habit is allowed to continue it can lead to crooked teeth.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO BRUSH
- Cleaning your infant's teeth is a must. You can use a moistened gauze pad or washed cloth draped over your finger & gently wipe the teeth.
- When the child accepts this procedure introduces a toothbrush & very small amount (one pea size) of fluoridated toothbrush.
- Children should use small toothbrushes with soft round ended bristles.
- Replace your child's brush when it becomes worn.
- Help your child's brush his/her teeth up to about age 5-7.
One of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay is to brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
Injuries to the primary teeth can effect the development of the permanent teeth. If any injury occurs, please contact your dentist right away.