How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

When your child has his or her first tooth emerge, it is an exciting time. It is time to find a kid’s dentist at that point and arrange for your first dental visit with your child. However, if your child hasn’t had any baby teeth emerge by the time they’re getting close to 6 months of age, then it is probably time to schedule that first dental visit anyway. That way, your dentist can have a look at things and make sure that everything is developing normally.

One of the jobs for those in pediatric dentistry is to help teach parents how to care for the emerging teeth their child is growing. Until your child becomes old enough to start looking after their own dental hygiene, the onus is on the team of the parents, and us to provide there pediatric dentistry care. , the specialists in pediatric dentistry! Dr. Soordhar, Although, your kid’s dentist, will certainly walk you through anything that you need to know in great detail and here are some things to consider in the meantime.

  1. Start Cleaning Early : Once your child has a single tooth emerge, it is time to start cleaning it. You (or at least, you should!) clean your own teeth twice a day, and your child’s teeth should be no different. To start with, you don’t even need to use a toothbrush. Instead, just use a clean cloth or piece of gauze and some water to wipe the teeth clean for your infant after feeding them milk.
  2. Graduating to a Toothbrush : Deciding when it is time to use a toothbrush is a decision that you should make with the help of your dentist Dr Soordhar. You can talk about it during your child’s first dental visit. Factors that influence when to start with a toothbrush involve how many teeth have erupted, and the risk of tooth decay in your child’s baby teeth and the family history of getting cavities.
  3. Things to Watch For

Dr. Soordhar provide pediatric dentistry care for your child that is beyond just fixing teeth.

There are a few things that you should keep a watchful eye out for.

  1. Thumb sucking habits or object sucking habits (ex. blanket, toys, etc)
  2. Any abnormalities in teeth development such as:
  • No spaces between the baby teeth (normally baby teeth have spaces between them)

 

  • Crowding
  • One tooth stuck behind the other
  • Adult teeth have not come in yet or baby teeth have not fallen out
  • Teeth Grinding / Flattening of teeth

 

 

3. Abnormal facial development such as:

  • Overbite (lower jaw and lower teeth are really behind the upper jaw and upper teeth)

Teeth Grinding

  • Underbite (lower jaw and lower teeth are infront of the upper jaw and upper teeth)
  • Deepbite (the lower teeth cannot be seen)
  • Buck teeth (top teeth are too far forward)
  • Crossbite (the upper front or back teeth are inside the lower teeth teeth)
  • Openbite (front teeth do not touch)
  • Teeth Grinding / Flattening of teeth

 

4. Child snoring is not normal and can be related to abnormal facial development. Signs to look out for children snoring, children sleep apnea or children sleep related breathing disorders:

  • Snoring

  • Headaches
  • enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • frequent ear infections and/or tubes in ears
  • frequent colds or respiratory (chest infections)
  • bedwetting
  • sleep talking
  • poor sleeper or moves around alot at night in bed
  • night terrors
  • hyperactivity
  • trouble focusing in school

If you’re having any of these problems, don’t be afraid to come in and talk it over with the experts!

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