Eat, speak, laugh, smile and sing—without worrying about your teeth!
We now know that a neglected mouth has a bearing on our general health and well being. Think about it: eating, speaking, laughing, smiling and singing— all these depend on good healthy teeth!
If good habits started young, then this will follow on to adult life. In this informative volume, author LizB teaches us how to have clean and healthy teeth. Reinforce healthy oral hygiene today!
When is my child’s first teeth going to come through and how is teething going to affect him?
There are 20 temporary or you can call it milk or primary teeth. These teeth start to develop before birth and start to come through after birth around 6 months. Lower teeth usually come through before their corresponding upper. Although every child is different, below are the average ages for tooth eruption.
A -Central Incisor may erupt around 6 months
B – Lateral Incisor may erupt around 8 months
C – Canine may erupt around 18 months
D – 1st Molar may erupt around 12 months
E – 2nd Molar may erupt around 24 months
Most children go through teething without any problem but they tend to bite almost anything to suit their tender gum. Keep a close eye so they don’t choke on food or objects. However if your child become unwell, take them to the doctor.
My child brushes her teeth in the morning and at night but still have tooth decay. Why?
Tooth decay is caused by combination of sugar and bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria turn sugar into acid which attacks teeth by eating away the hard surface gradually. Constant attacks may lead to tooth decay.
Brushing with toothbrush removes the dirty food particles and plaque bacteria left on teeth. The fluoride in the toothpaste helps strengthen the teeth but it may not prevent acid attack on teeth from constant eating of foods and drinks containing sugar. If your child has to take medication, you may ask for sugar free medication.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste is important but limiting sugar consumption to meal times and having a healthy diet containing fruits and vegetables is equally important for healthy teeth.
Most food contain sugar, even some fruits are very sweet. So are there different types of sugar?
Yes. There are two types of sugar.
The first one is the naturally occurring sugar found in fruits and vegetables such as banana, apple, pear & tomato etc. This type of sugar is healthy and doesn’t cause tooth decay.
The second type of sugar is the refined sugar added to foods and drinks such as in fizzy drinks, fruit juice, cakes, doughnuts & chocolates etc. This type of sugar can cause tooth decay.
What is the best toothpaste for my child?
Any children’s toothpaste containing fluoride is good.
For children between 0 – 3 years, the fluoride level should be 1000 ppm (parts per million
Children above 3 years may use 1300 – 1500 ppm depending on the fluoride level in water in your location
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
When you form a habit of putting a baby or small child to bed with a bottle of milk formula, any juice containing sugar or even breast milk in their mouth, they are at risk of baby bottle decay. The constant exposure to sugar in their mouth can cause the upper front teeth and sometimes the lower as well to decay. This happens gradually from mild decay to moderate, then severe decay. So to avoid baby bottle decay try not to put your child to bed with bottle in their mouth.
How often should I take my child to visit the dentist?
A child may be taken to visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears. This is to get them used to the dental environmental. It is also particularly important if a child has special needs. The dentist can spot any dental problems early which can then be monitored. After the first visit, the dentist will tell you how often you need to visit.
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