From the moment the little angel grows her first tooth, you should gradually practice brushing your child’s teeth to take good care of her baby’s oral cavity.
Dental care is an extremely arduous task, especially for young children. Many parents will wonder how to take care of their baby’s teeth and whether brushing their teeth is necessary? So, please follow the following sharing with me to find the answer.
Do you need to brush your teeth?
Although the baby’s teeth are very small, it is also very important, because it is the foundation for later tooth development. If the teeth are not good, children will have difficulty speaking and chewing. Therefore, you need to take care of your baby’s teeth to avoid cavities.
The cause of dental diseases in children
Parental subjectivity in children’s oral care
Tooth decay from childhood affects not only oral health, children’s psychology, but also many disadvantages for children in adulthood. An important reason is that many parents are not fully aware of the importance of dental care in children, thinking that their children are young, they do not need daily brushing.
The popularity of canned food, fast food
Improved living conditions mean that the eating habits of Vietnamese people in recent years have changed greatly. If previously Vietnamese people were eating healthier with fresh foods, nowadays, canned foods, fast food, and sugary drinks are increasingly popular. This is one of the causes of dental diseases in children
Excess sugar in food and bacteria in a child’s mouth
According to the research of dentist experts, excess sugar in food and bacteria in children’s mouth are the cause of tooth decay. When combined, they form plaque on teeth. If you do not brush your teeth thoroughly every day, the bacteria in the plaque will secrete harmful acids, destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities, and at the same time will form tartar (tartar) that causes gingivitis (redness, swelling). and bleeding gums), periodontal disease, and even tooth loss if not treated promptly.
Risks and effects
Many recent studies have shown that tooth decay and gingivitis are closely related to other diseases of the body when children grow up such as cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, arteriosclerosis, Respiratory diseases, glass bone, premature birth, fetal growth retardation …
However, most parents think that the baby teeth will be replaced with permanent teeth so they will not be treated when they have decay. Meanwhile, baby teeth have very important functions for children such as chewing when eating, pronunciation, aesthetics, and “reservation” for permanent teeth to grow, stimulating jaw bone development.
The age of the baby teeth lasts 6 – 12 years. In the process of teething, each tooth will be replaced one by one, not at the same time, so if the first tooth is extracted due to tooth decay, the adjacent teeth will be pushed, taking the place of the permanent tooth. When being “pinched” as such, permanent teeth are forced to grow incorrectly, oblique, or in some cases not to grow, which must be very costly rectified. Besides, if a child loses their baby teeth early, without chewing, the jaw bone does not develop, resulting in an unbalanced face
Dental care for babies
You should pay attention to your baby’s dental care right now. However, at this time, you do not need to use a toothbrush or toothpaste. You just need to use a soft and damp cloth to do this. Wipe your baby’s gums twice a day.
Use your fingers to clean the gums first, then clean your baby’s tongue. Clean your baby’s gums right after feeding and before going to bed to eliminate bacteria and prevent plaque that can cause tooth decay.
How to brush your baby’s teeth
When you see the first tooth erupting, you can start using the brush to brush your baby’s teeth. Use a soft brush, with large handles and small heads. Replace the brush every 2-4 months.
When your child is 3 years old, you begin to use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, gently brush the front and back of the teeth.
When your child is 6 years old, you can let him brush his teeth but before that, you should guide and help your baby.
If you see your baby showing signs of cavities, if your baby has brown or white spots, take him or her to a doctor. Even if your baby doesn’t have any dental problems, you should still take him to the dentist when he is 1 year old. Your dentist will give you tips on how to care for your baby’s teeth, toothpaste, and sucking fingers.
Should you brush your baby’s teeth?
According to the dentist, your baby’s gums need to be cleaned after each feed. This will help limit the growth of bacteria and help promote oral health. However, you should not use a brush but only a soft cloth to clean your baby’s gums.
How to prevent tooth decay?
Young children are prone to tooth decay. To prevent this, you should only give your baby breastmilk, formula or water, not soda, juice, or sugary drinks because they can cause tooth decay. Bacteria often like to eat sugar from soft drinks and create acids that cause tooth decay.
Do not put your baby to bed with a full bottle of milk or a bottle of juice, but instead with water.
Is fluoride toothpaste safe for babies?
Toothpaste containing fluoride may help prevent tooth decay. It doesn’t matter if the baby swallows a little, but make sure he swallows only a small amount.
Tooth decay can affect your baby’s speech and nutrition learning. So, take care of your baby’s teeth carefully. You can also teach your baby to brush their teeth or at least try it. Make brushing teeth a fun activity!