We get a lot of questions at our clinic about baby teeth at our clinic. So we’ve come up with this list of Frequently Asked Questions to try and help clear the air, as there is plenty of misinformation on the internet.
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
- A damp washcloth
- Baby tooth brush (extra soft) and water
- Small head toothbrush is best, at least once a day at bed time
What can I give my child when they are teething?
- Baby Advil reduces fever and inflammation
- Baby Tylenol for pain
- Ice Chips
- Sugar free popsicles feel great on their gums
When should I take my child to the Dentist?
- Ideally, as soon as the first tooth has erupted but no later than his/her first birthday
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
- Yes, for many reasons:
- Helping your child speak clearly
- Allowing your child chew naturally
- Forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
- First rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face. If it is swollen give the child acetaminophen (baby Tylenol) for any pain. Never place aspirin directly on the tooth or gum. This will burn the soft tissue of the surrounding area. Call your Dentist as soon as possible.
Is thumb-sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?
- Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a long period of time. Most children will stop on their own. In cases where sucking of the thumb and fingers lasts past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended to discourage the behavior, as it can cause issues with crowding, and jaw misalignment.
How can I prevent tooth decay caused by nursing?
- Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything else in the bottle other than water at bedtime. Milk or juice that is allowed to sit undigested in the babies mouth will cause an acidic load to the teeth, which can lead to cavities.
- Learn how to brush and floss your child’s teeth
- Take your child to a Dentist to have his/her teeth and gums checked regularly
How often do I have to take my child to the Dentist?
- A check-up every six months is recommended; however, your Dentist will determine that at the first visit if you need to come more or less often.
How do I make my child’s diet safe?
- Make sure your child has a balanced diet of
- fruits and vegetables
- bread and cereals
- milk and dairy products
- meat, fish or eggs
- Reduce the amount of sugary and starchy foods
How do dental sealants work?
- Sealants work by filling the crevices on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast, comfortable and effectively protects the teeth for many years.
What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
- The most important thing is to do is to remain calm
- Try to find the tooth, hold the tooth by the crown and try to insert it back into the socket
- If this is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the Dentist
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