DENTAL CARE inCHILDREN
Dental Care in Children
When does the first teeth come in mouth ?
Teeth usually follows a definite pattern of eruption.Each teeth comes in a specific time.
The normal eruption starts at around 6 months of age.
Is it abnormal if my child doesn’t get her teeth till 8 months old?
Though the eruption time is 6 months,a difference of 6 months is acceptable either before or after.
However,if eruption is delayed beyond 6 months variation ,it is better to consult with your dentist.
Which teeth comes in mouth first?
It is the lower front teeth,which appears first.However certain kids tend to have upper front teeth first.
When should I start brushing for my baby?
Strictly speaking,cleaning the mouth of baby should be done routinely from birth.In the initial stages,a clean cloth and water can be used to wipe and clean the gums.It is necessary to wipe the gums to prevent infections.
If so,when should I start using brush for my baby?
As the baby grows,a finger brush can be used to clean the gums.As the child reaches 2 yrs old,brushing independently can be encouraged.Till then,adults can help cleaning the teeth of babies.
Can I use the toothpaste which I use for my baby too?
Definitely not.Commercial pastes available readily are mostly fluoridated.Childrens should use non-fluoridated toothpaste.
Where is non-fluoridated toothpaste available?
It is readily available in supermarkets and medicals.Ask as non-fluoridated tooth paste or Kids toothpaste.
How much toothpaste should I use?
A smear layer of paste is sufficient to clean your childs teeth.For adults a pea size amount of toothpaste is recommended.
How many teeth will my child have normally?
At around 3 yrs of age it is normal for a child to have 20 milk teeth.
What do you mean by milk teeth?
Milk teeth are those teeth that will shed later on and replaced by permanent teeth.
When should I make the first dental visit for my baby?
"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. Your child should visit a dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
What is nursing caries or baby bottle tooth decay?
It is the dental caries that results from prolonged breast feeding,or feeding on demand at nights using bottles with sweetened formulaes.The sweetening agent in milk forms a layer in teeth and induces caries due to microbial action.
How can I prevent Nursing Caries or Bottle tooth decay?
This can be prevented by offering a cup of plain water after giving any sweet juices or milk at night. Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Fruit juice should only be offered in a cup with meals or at snack time.
When should bottle-feeding be stopped?
Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.