The proper cleaning of temporary teeth.
There are 20 temporary teeth, also known as “milk teeth”, (incisors, canines and molars). Their eruption starts at babies around the age of 6 months and continues until they are 30 months, more or less (two years and a half). They will persist on the dental arcades up until the age of 11, the age when the last milk tooth will change. Therefore, the presence of milk teeth will preserve for a few years in a baby’s mouth, which makes the oral hygiene highly important.
Dentists recommend the cleaning for a baby’s mouth even before the appearance of first teeth, by whipping their gums after each breastfeeding, using compresses soaked with hydrogen peroxide, chamomile tea or clean water. Once the first teeth appear, it must be cleaned up too, either using the same type of compresses, either using a tooth brush and a tooth paste in accordance with baby’s age. Usually, for babies under 1 year old, it is recommended the usage of a brush thimble; if the baby has over 1 year, a classical tooth brush can be used with the condition to have the right size and texture in accordance wit the baby’s age.
Up until three years old, or precisely until the baby learns how to rinse his mouth and spit, it must be used a fluoride-free tooth paste, with vanilla or fruit flavor, in order to be easily accepted by the child. Starting the moment in which the child learns how to stop swallowing the tooth paste, it is recommended the usage of fluoride toothpaste, in order for him to benefit over the local protection of the dental surfaces given by the presence of fluoride.
Teeth brushing must be performed al least two times a day, mandatory in the evening, and during night, the baby will not receive any other solid food or drinks, other than water or unsweetened tea.
It is very important for the parents to turn the teeth brushing into a family ritual, performed by all the members of the family, in a game which requires the active involvement of the child. In this way, as time passes by, the child will start to enjoy brushing his teeth, he will not perceive it as a burden.
Generally speaking, by the age of 8 years old, children do not have the skills to perform a correct teeth brushing, especially when it comes for the teeth in the back of thei mouth. It is recommended that after the child brushed his own teeth, an adult sibling would help him with an additional brushing, insisting on the teeth in the back.
It is best that the first visit of a child to a dentist to be 6 months after the appearance of the first tooth. This way, if the first tooth of a baby erupts at the age of 6 months, the first visit to a dental clinic for a specialized consult should take place by the time the baby would be one year old. The purpose of this consult is to check on the efficiency of the hygienic measures, tracing early signs of decay. The dentist will recommend parent to brush their child’s teeth twice a day, to give up the usage of baby bottles with milk or sweetened liquids during night and to follow a correct eating diet.
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