Dentistry For Children
Dentistry For Children
Infants require daily oral hygiene, because the tissues in the mouth require cleansing to prevent irritation and infection. Thrush is a treatable fungal infection caused by Candida (yeast) that often appears in areas of the mouth that may have torn tissue, due to the constant sucking of a pacifier, bottle, or during breastfeeding.
The tiny tears remain moist, and if not removed, the yeast can cause this painful condition. Babies can begin teething at 3 months old; however it is more common for babies to begin teething around 6 to 7 months old.
The first dentils that will appear are usually the lower incisors or front dentures. By the age of 3, kids should have their complete set of dentils.
As the dentils grow, use a toothbrush that is designed for your kid’s age, as indicated on the package. Avoid using toothpaste that contains fluoride until your youngster is old enough to understand that swallowing the toothpaste should be avoided.
You may decide to use a tooth-cleansing paste that is designed for young kids and is safe if swallowed. Use the correct brushing and flossing method, when caring for your child’s teeth.
Most kids like to show their independence by doing tasks, such as brushing their teeth, on their own. Allow your kids brush their dentures themselves, either before or after you have completely removed all of the plaque.
You should brush your kid’s dentils twice a day until he is able to brush his own teeth correctly. When you are confident your youngster is capable of brushing alone, buy an egg timer or use a stop watch and time your child’s brushing for the recommended two minutes.
When complete, always do a final inspection. Remember to applaud your kid on a job well done, and if you do notice any dentures that have been missed, visually show your youngster the area and demonstrate how he should remove the plaque or food.
The permanent dentils usually begin growing in when a kid is six, although every child is different and may get teeth earlier or later then the norm. The 32 adult dentures are typically fully erupted between 17 to 25 years old.
As the dentils progressively erupt, ensure your youngster is brushing away any food or plaque that is visible on the tooth. It may be slightly uncomfortable when brushing newly erupted teeth because they are so close to the gum line.
Plaque build-up will not only increase the chances of decay, the gum tissue will become red and inflamed causing pain and inflammation. If you notice any signs of gingivitis, or you can visibly see plaque, encourage the proper brushing and flossing technique for the recommended two minutes.
Discuss any concerns you have with your dentist or dental hygienist at their recommended cleaning and check-up appointment. The hygienist will go over brushing and flossing with your youngster if there are any areas of concern, and will offer tips and suggestions for your child to keep in mind when brushing at home.
Oral health for children goes beyond brushing and flossing. Proper nutrition is essential to help prevent cavities.
A diet that is high in sugary foods and beverages greatly increases the rate of tooth decay from plaque build-up in kids. Offer your youngster a diet that contains fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, proteins, dairy and grains.
If your child is having problems either because of sore gums or simply because he can’t bite into the food, offer softer food choices and try to cut hard food into bite-sized pieces, to be chewed with the molars, or back dentils. Kids should be seen by a dentist when their first tooth appears.
Even though your youngster will one day lose his primary dentures, it is important to care for them as if they are the last dentils your youngster will have. The primary teeth are essential for everyday function, such as eating and speech development.
Jack R Landry has worked since the early 90s as a dental assistant. He has written hundreds of articles about dentist Providence RIa> and cosmetic dentistry in RI.
Jack R. Landry