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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.

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 prevented.

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.

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 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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