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Dental Care for Young Children

Did you know that teeth are being formed in the mouth of a baby whilst he or she is still in the womb? They are usually still concealed beneath the gums, but many babies begin to have visible teeth anywhere between the six month and nine month mark. There is no hard and fast rule for the time of the first teeth.

On average a baby will be boasting about eight teeth by the time they celebrate their first birthday. Since this is just an average, do not worry if your baby has less or more – it is not important.

Regardless of the number of these little white teeth and when they arrive, what does matter is to start a dental hygiene program at the sight of them. They are milk teeth, of course, but just because they will naturally give way to adult teeth does not mean we should neglect them.

In fact, should the baby teeth go bad and fall out before nature demands then they can have knock-on effects on the adult teeth. The positioning of the adult teeth is dependent on the milk tooth – no milk tooth to guide the new teeth can lead to uneven or bad positioning. Even the final, adult, shape of the jawbone is dependent on the healthy development of teeth.

And of course there is the simple idea of teaching kids about caring for their teeth – getting them into good habits. By the age of three, maybe four, kids should be contributing to their own tooth brushing, though it is smart to continue the supervision until they are about seven to ensure they continue to care properly for their teeth.

But when is the right age for you to start brushing their teeth? Using a toothpaste that is specially for babies you can start brushing as soon as the tooth appears. For tiny babies you can use just a small spot of toothpaste on piece of clean gauze which you can cover your finger with – carefully clean their gums and teeth.

Are there any other tips for early dental care?

Even though it is unlikely that toddlers and babies will have serious tooth problems, it is good practice to start the dental visits. It is good for their teeth and also good for them to visit their dental practitioner when they need no work. It is not hard to imagine the negative effect on the mental health of waiting for the first visit until some painful work is needed!

The other smart thing to do that will stand your kids in good stead for later life is to go steady on sugary drinks, candies and treats. It is very important not to put sugary drinks in the baby bottle because this means that the liquid will be constantly in contact with the teeth – like a sugar bath.

Teach your kids some good dental habits when they are young and they will thank you for it as adults.

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