Dental care / Teeth issues
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has put together a great booklet on taking care of baby teeth, click on nidcr for the pdf.
Sucking on fingers, thumbs and pacifiers is common in infants and toddlers. It provides security and has been shown to decrease pain in infants under 4 months. It can be a very powerful habit to break in older toddlers and children.
Even before the first tooth erupts, many infants enjoy a gentle massage of the gums with a moist cloth. Once the first tooth erupts, it is important to clean the teeth daily. You can use a cloth, a finger toothbrush or a small soft toothbrush.
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his or her practice to treating children only.
How to handle and respond to broken, cracked, dislodged teeth, as well as how to handle toothaches.
Mouth guards are required for participation in many sports. They are for concussion prevention as well as protecting the teeth, tongue and cheeks.
Choosing the right toothbrush can be confusing. It is important to start good dental habits at a young age.
A balanced diet is important for health: Body as well as tooth health. Allowing sufficient time between meals or snacking allows the saliva to clean the teeth between foods. Constant snacking, even on healthy foods should be discouraged. This would include beverages except water.
Fluoride works to make the enamel stronger and more resistant to dental decay and is safe for infants.
The first teeth are usually the bottom two front teeth, followed by the top four teeth, then the other two bottom teeth on each side of the first two. About one year of age kids will get the four “one year” molars.