What Every Parents Need to Know about Baby Teeth
Are you excited to see your baby’s first tooth poke out a little bit?
Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3. Baby teeth are very sensitive to decay or cavities and they are not permanent, so it is essential to care your little one’s overall teeth development. When their teeth first come in, your baby may have sore or tender gums and this will give your baby a discomfort feeling.
Caring for your Baby’s Teeth and Gums
Dental care is important to everyone as tooth decay can happen at any age, although cavities are more common in children. Dental care for baby teeth can start before the baby’s first tooth appears.
1. Wipe and clean your baby’s gums and teeth using a damp and clean gauze or washer at least twice a day or after feeding.
2. Clean your baby’s teeth with soft infant brush.
3. Gently rub your baby’s gums with clean finger, but make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.
4. Give your baby something to bite or suck on like toothbrush, dummy or cold teething ring.
5. Give your baby mushier food.
What is a Cavities?
Cavities, also called tooth decay or dental caries, is a chronic infectious disease that usually common in children. This happens when bacteria create a sticky layer called plaque over the teeth, and this will cause damages the surface of the teeth over time.
Causes of Tooth Decay
Bacteria in the mouth
Sugary, starchy or acidic foods and drinks
Saliva mix that will form plaque
Food particles left in the teeth
Poor oral hygiene
Medical conditions like acid reflux disease
Feeding infant bottle milk before sleep.
Tips to Prevent Cavities or Tooth Decay
Anyone can get a cavity. If caries is not treated, it can lead to toothaches, infection, tooth extraction and eventually, may destroy your tooth. The cavities will not go away on their own, but they will grow and will likely create more serious issues with the teeth, gums and even other parts of our body.
Proper oral and dental hygiene, includes regular brushing of the teeth and dental flossing, can get rid of plaque and acids that causes cavities.
Eat healthier foods.
Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco.
Drink some tap water.
Visit dentist regularly.