DENTAL TREATMENT IN CHILDREN
Early treatment of childrens 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 childs 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 babys 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 infants 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 cows 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
- 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 infants 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
- Children should use small toothbrushes with soft round ended bristles.
- Replace your childs brush when it becomes worn.
- Help your childs brush his/ her teeth upto 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.
Last Created on 24-12-2001
Last updated on 1-11-06
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