Deciduous teeth (baby teeth) start coming
out between the ages of six months and 2 years. Teething can be painful if
associated with sore and tender gums, a teething ring that is given to the child
to bite on can be helpful, and maintaining it clean is important to prevent the
infection of the new gum opening. Some topical anesthetics are available
commercially over the counter (like Orajel), which can be used to as a soothing
medication by applying it directly on the affected area, to avoid washing it
away by saliva in the first few minutes it should be covered with a piece of
gauze for to achieve maximum benefits.
BABY BOTTLE SYNDROME:Infants are subject to the milk bottle
syndrome, which happens when an infant is allowed to nurse continuously from a
bottle of milk, this could subject the teeth to rampant decay, and should be
avoided. You can use a bottle to feed your baby at regular feeding times, but
allowing the bottle to be used as a pacifier can be a major cause of cavities.
Also avoid letting your toddler walk around with a bottle. Itís best not to put
a bottle in bed with your baby. But if you must put a bottle in bed with your
baby, put only plain water in it. Any liquid except water, even milk and juice,
can cause cavities. Early Childhood Cavities is a childhood disease that can be
HOME CARE FOR KIDS:
Since the early days after birth, it is recommended to clean the baby gums with
a damp cloth after feeding to remove the generated plaque. Later in life, new
teeth can get affected by the decay process as early as they appear in the
mouth. Kids should be allowed to have a toothbrush and prompted to practice
brushing their teeth, however, a it remains the parents responsibility to
perform adequate brushing for their toddler kids.
THE CHILD FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST:By starting dental visits early, you'll
help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits. That's why we encourage
parents to bring their children in for a 'get-acquainted' visit and an
introduction to the dental clinic environment if they don't need immediate
dental treatment. We'll do our best to make these visits an event your child
will look forward to. This initial encounter should be as enjoyable as possible
for your child so that going to the dentist will be something to look forward
to, a good time for a first visit can be around the third birthday. The visit
will include a examination, xrays if possible, cleaning and application of
fluoride. After that you should bring your child in for regular check up
appointment every six months.
THUMB SUCKING:Thumb-sucking is viewed as a long for
affection and warmth, and as a source of pleasure, mostly children loose the
habit soon in the first few months, others may keep it until the age of two or
even four years. Thumb Sucking gradually lessens during this period as children
spend more of their waking hours exploring their surroundings. Peer pressure
also causes many school-aged children to stop. While it is a benign habit in
early childhood, excessive thumb-sucking until an older age has the potential to
cause jaw deformities, malocclusion, and teeth mal-alignment.
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