Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Your Child’s Teeth: Helpful tips for parents

  • Why are baby teeth so important?
    • They help your child speak and chew normally. They also help hold spaces for the subsequent adult teeth.

  • When should they have all of their baby teeth?
    • Most children will have all of their baby teeth by the age of three

  • Should I be worried about the spacing in my child’s teeth?
    • Spaces between baby teeth are normal.

  • How much toothpaste should my child use?
    • Use a soft bristled, child sized toothbrush and use a grain of rice sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

  • When should I begin flossing my child’s teeth?
    • As soon as they have two teeth that touch.

  • Teething tips:
    • Gently rub your child’s gums with a clean wet piece of gauze, your finger, or a small cool spoon.
    • Use a clean, chilled teeth ring and don’t dip in sugar or other foods. This can cause tooth decay.
    • Talk to you pediatrician or dentist if they are still uncomfortable
    • Do not use topical gels or creams with anesthetics (Orajel or Baby Orajel) to help with sore gums in young kids. In a small number of children they have caused serious reactions.

  • Prevent Tooth Decay in Baby Teeth
    • Clean their teeth two times per day, every day
    • If they use a pacifier, do not dip in sugar or honey.
    • Do not put pacifiers or spoons in your mouth to clean them before giving them to your children. Decay causing bacteria can be passed to your child.
    • Do not let them sip sugary drinks regularly. Limit these to mealtimes.
    • Do not put infants to bed with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juices, or any liquids with sugar.
    • Avoid sugary snacks and try healthy snacks.

For more information, visit www.dentistwestchester.com.

Lee T. Brown, DDS

Brown and Kupper, DDS Inc. 

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