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The Periodic Care to Reduce the Risks of Tooth Decay

Your children's teeth are much more fragile than yours, so you need periodic care to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

No matter which region you live in, the only alternative that could help you with this is to turn directly to a children’s dentist.

A child’s dentist has the same skills as a regular dentist. So, whether your child needs care, a descaling, a measurement for the installation of a dental appliance, or even an extraction, taking him to see a dentist remains the best solution.

And even if your child does not have any dental pain all year long, it’s always best to take him to a dentist at least every three months. This periodic check is essential in order to detect in advance any irregularity if any.

Fairfield Children dentist may for this purpose prescribe fortifiers for example; in case his teeth are too fragile. It can also offer cleansing care if the usual brushing seems not to be enough to ensure the dental health of your children.

How to clean babies’ teeth

Although when they are older the problem is to convince them that it is good to wash their teeth, in these first moments, when they are still babies, we often have doubts. Therefore we are going to give some tips to know how to clean the teeth of babies.

Since the appearance of the first teeth, it is convenient to start dental hygiene habits. We must clean the first teeth and molars two or three times a day, or after each meal. We will use a cloth or gauze moistened with water to gently clean the teeth and gums.

Between 12 and 18 months, you can start using a special toothbrush for children, small, that they themselves can handle promptly and under our supervision. We should not leave them alone since they will not have enough movement coordination yet to brush their teeth without help. But it is good that you become familiar with the brush.

You can also use one of those models that are inserted in the finger of the parents for greater mobility. The brush should always be soft, with flexible bristles, and you can brush your teeth and gums with water only.

Little by little, after two years, we can introduce a small amount of toothpaste. It is preferable that at first, the toothpaste does not contain fluoride so that it does not harm the baby if it swallows some paste accidentally.

There are special kinds of toothpaste for children, some made with natural ingredients and without fluoride. In any case, we have to read the indications to check that they specifically indicate that they are adapted for the occasional ingestion by the baby. This is so because babies and children, at first out of curiosity, but also because they do not know how to spit, may swallow some small amount of paste (we will never put much in the brush), and an overdose of fluoride can be dangerous.

It is a good idea for babies to see us from a very young age, to brush our teeth, because out of curiosity and imitation they will want to do the same, apart from the fact that they will consider tooth washing as a habitual act. The songs and small games in front of the mirror will also make it a fun routine and encourage you to brush your teeth more and more. Gradually, from three years of age, when they have learned the mechanism of brushing well and spit the cream we can rely on their autonomy to wash teeth and increase the amount of toothpaste and try new tooth creams until they reach to use the same as us.

Later or when the teeth and molars start to be together, they can use the floss with our help, in a gentle way. Our dentist, who we should have visited several times from one year of age, will advise us on the most appropriate way to perform this task and the most recommended dental floss marks. In any case, let us not forget this last point, the periodic visits to the dentist, especially if we observe some anomaly in the exit of the teeth or in their hygiene, like bleeding of gums, an appearance of caries, etc.

Meanwhile, until the children grow up and can brush their teeth on their own, we hope that these tips on how to clean the baby’s teeth have been useful.

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