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Dental care for babies


October 7, 2014
by Kahaliah Richards

Mississauga News

Parents of very young children and babies may wonder how early to start tooth brushing and visits to the dentist.  The answer is the earlier the better.

There are several advantages to starting children off very young with good dental habits.  Good home dental care may mean that you can avoid cavities in the long term.  Your child is less likely to become fearful of visits to the dentist if those visits have started very young and been positive experiences.
Home dental care should begin as soon as those first baby teeth appear.  Even before that you can clean your baby’s gums with a damp wash cloth at bedtime.  A special infant tooth brush with a small head and very soft bristles can be used with a tiny amount of toothpaste.  As the child gets older encourage them to do it themselves with your supervision.  Children should be taught to spit out the toothpaste and rinse with water, rather than swallow it.

Baby’s first dental visit should take place at around one year; baby will have about eight teeth by then.  This first visit will be a simple examination, checking the number and placement of primary teeth, and looking for any potential problems.  Baby can sit on Mom’s lap for this visit; it should be kept brief, positive and fun, with a sticker at the end!

Some people question the value of time and money spent on baby teeth; after all they’re just going to fall out in a few years.  But taking good care of these primary teeth means that children will be able to chew properly, and speak clearly and well.  As well, it can ensure that their permanent teeth erupt properly.

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