How to take care of your child's teeth since teething

The first visit to the dentist


Teething is considered as one of the very first growing stages, of human beings. Though infants have no teeth yet, their teeth start to appear when they are about six months old. In the first years of their life, all of their 20 baby teeth will press on the gums, and by age 3, most kids will have their full set of teeth. When a baby is about 6 months old, the four front teeth often grow - though some children only have their first tooth when they are 12 to 14 months of age.

When their teeth begin to appear, some babies become bad-tempered, hard to please, and sleepless, dribble more often, or lose their desire for food. When babies are teething, they do not normally have dysentery, fever or rashes. So, in case they are experiencing such symptoms and continue to be bad-tempered and uneasy, consult your physician.

First Visit to the Dentist:

Once the first tooth of your child appears, arrange a visit to the doctor. According to ADA, the first dental visit should take place within six months following the appearance of the first tooth, and not after the first birthday. Do not delay it to the time they are about six years old or when there is a problem.

On your dental visit, expect the dentist to:

Examine for teeth problems or cavities;

Examine if there are any problems that will lead to teeth decay ;

Clean teeth and give instructions for everyday care;

Talk about teething, using a pacifier or thumb-sucking habits;

Teach your child to be relaxed with good dental habits. As well as make your child feels happy. 
To make dental visit more favorable:

Schedule an afternoon appointment so that the children are well rested and cooperative.

Avoid showing your fear because your child can feel it easily and focus on the positive aspects

Talk positively to your child about going to the dentist.


The mineral that called fluoride naturally exists in all sources of water, such as lakes, oceans and rivers. At times, it is also included in toothpaste, mouth wash and a number of community tap water. Infants, as well as children not getting enough fluoride may be more exposed to tooth decay because fluoride protects the tooth enamel from it.

Fluoride also repairs weakened enamel. Since not all bottled water contains fluoride, children who regularly drink this or tap water without fluoride do not enjoy its benefits. If you in doubt whether or not your tap water contains fluoride, inquire from your local/state health department or water supplier.

Pacifiers and tooth decay:

It is quite common for infants and younger children to suck on their thumb finger or pacifier. When a pacifier is dipped in sweet food like honey, sugar and juice, this can cause tooth decay.

Tooth decay can start as well when saliva with cavity-causing bacteria is passed on from a mother or caregiver to the baby. Also, when either of them puts a baby's feeding spoon or pacifier in their mouth, the bacteria can be transmitted to the baby.

Dental instructions for Children's Oral Health:

When a child gets cavities at a much younger age, it can be assumed that he/she will also develop cavities when his permanent teeth develop .For this reason, it is essential for kids to have good oral cleanliness habits when they are still very young. These are some tips for healthy teeth:

1-Brush your teeth well:

Brushing teeth is important to get healthy teeth and gums. Because taking care of dental hygiene from a young age reduces the risk of gum disease at an early age.Teach them to brush their teeth at least twice daily - in the morning and before sleeping, as well as after eating meals.

It is suggested for infants to use a soft toothbrush, and for children from 18 months to 6 years to use toothpaste (in a pea-sized amount) with less fluoride.

Oversee your child (up to 7 years old) whenever he/she brushes his/her teeth.

Instead of rinsing the toothpaste, encourage your child to spew it out.

2- Eat the Right Foods

Children should eat a mixture of nutritious food, especially in childhood when they are still going through the first years of growth. This is the time when their eating behavior is established. It is significant to encourage kids to have healthy eating habits that can lead to good oral health.

Provide children with different nutritious food such as fruits, vegetables, natural yogurt and meat.

Avoid giving them snacks among meals, since it is the most powerless age, when they could get cavities.

Encourage them to drink lots of water (from at minimum of 1 liter/day to a maximum of 2 liters/day), particularly if this water is rich with fluoride, to protect teeth from cavities.

Do best to reduce your child's intake of sugary drinks like sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices and syrups, since these sweet drinks can cause tooth decay.

Reduce their use of sweet drinks, particular in between meals.

3- Practice Healthy Habits at an Early Age:

It would be useful for children to develop healthy habits early in life. Habits such as brushing teeth frequently, eating a nutritious diet and visiting a dentist regularly allow them to maintain good oral health. The moment the first tooth of your child appears until 1 year old, he/she should have oral health checked. Based on a child's oral health, the pediatrician will recommend when to visit the dental clinic.

4- Be safe while playing:

Whenever your children play team sports like cricket, football or hockey, when their mouth is more exposes to wound, he should use a mouth safeguard during games and workout. A mouth guard is often worn when playing sports, while other activities also require a face guard or helmet.

How to take care of your child's teeth since teething
How to take care of your child's teeth since teething

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