• For Parents: Caring for Your Child’s Baby Teeth

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    July 13th, 2010adminarticles

    Deciduous teeth, or as people frequently refer to as “baby teeth” and “primary teeth“, are the first set of teeth we have. They usually erupt at the onset of our infancy, and are later replaced by permanent teeth.

    Baby teeth have a profound role in our overall oral development. First off, they provide children the early essentials to build self confidence by way of properly enunciating words, chewing food, a well-maintained oral hygiene and not to mention language development. In our early days, baby teeth or primary teeth have always been our closest underrated companions whenever we start a conversation.

    Oftentimes, baby teeth are not a person’s most sightly features because a majority of baby teeth are either crooked or have tremendous gaps in between neighboring teeth. This may not pose a big problem, but research shows that constant care of crooked baby teeth can lead to the eruption of more sightly and well-aligned, non-protruding permanent teeth.

    Here are a few tips to parents out there who want their babies to have a dazzling set of permanent teeth once their darlings hit puberty:

    1. Do not let your babies suckle on any plastic material or just about anything lying around for that matter. This may cause the baby teeth to become even more crooked and possibly pave the way to gum problems.

    2. Breast-feed your kids. Bottle feeding has the strongest link to crooked permanent teeth.

    3. Brush your kid’s teeth daily and make it a point to train him/her to brush two to three times a day, even without adult supervision. To make brushing more effective, buy toothbrushes with soft bristles that are with cartoon labels and also buy toothpastes designed for baby teeth that are also with cartoonlabels to make your children more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth.

    4. Give your child a pacifier if he/she cannot stop routinely sucker his/her thumb or nails. Make sure to clean and rinse the pacifier for any accumulated saliva and food chunks.

    5. Most of the time, crooked teeth cannot be averted, especially if it is on the family line. The best thing a parent should do is to consult a dentist early on and ask when braces can be installed. Though a mild costly solution, braces are your best bet to ensure that when your child reaches high school, does not become a subject of ridicule because of late-installed braces.

    6. Hold your baby while bottle feeding him/her.

    7. Research on baby teeth-friendly foods when your baby has reached 12 months. .

    8. Only feed healthy and vitamin c-rich foods to your child. This way, it will avoid any future craving for sweet foods/junk foods when he/she grows up.

    9. Remember to always supervise your child in brushing his/her teeth up until the pre-adolescence stage. That way, you can be assured that the six to eight years of training will pay off because your child has been used to the importance of oral hygiene.

    Following the pieces of professional above can be indeed time-consuming, but in the light of proper parenting, one should always consider dental health a priority, as it very much rewarding in the long run. Making sure that your child takes proper care of his/her teeth is one of labeling yourself as a good and responsible parent.

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