The earlier children begin going to the dentist, the more comfortable they’ll be with exams throughout their life. Schedule their first appointment when they turn 1. Children can zero in on a parent’s fears, so if you’re afraid, the less you say the better. If you fuss or tell children how brave they are, they may think something scary will happen. Instead, share a book about going to the dentist. Mention that dentists and dental assistants like children and help them keep their teeth healthy.
Baby teeth are the very first teeth to pop up in the mouth, and they fall out after just a few years to be replaced with an adult permanent tooth. So if they are going to fall out and be replaced with a new tooth is it important to take good care of them?
Baby teeth are the predecessors of the permanent teeth and they make room in the mouth for the permanent tooth to grow in properly. If the baby tooth is in bad shape with cavities and rot then it is likely that the permanent tooth will also have cavities. The baby tooth paves the way for the permanent tooth to have room to come through the gum so it is important to take good care of baby teeth.
Keep them healthy by seeing just for kids dentistry every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning starting at the age of 1 year. Although if you see something sooner, then make an appointment have it check out.
A crown is a cover placed over the entire tooth that is made to look like a tooth. It is used for teeth that are badly damaged or decayed. Many people call this a “cap.” In children, crowns are used several reasons.
It’s important to try to save primary teeth until they are ready to fall out on their own. Primary teeth are important for several reasons:
- Chewing food
- Allowing speech to develop normally
- Maintaining spaces for the permanent teeth
- Guiding the permanent teeth into position
A cap is one way to treat severe tooth decay. If decayed primary teeth are not treated, the infection can spread in the mouth. Pain and infection can lead to other health problems as well.
Molars are the teeth in the back of the mouth. They are used primarily for chewing. There are eight primary molars. Dentists will use a crown on children’s primary molars in several cases:
- When a primary or young permanent tooth has extensive decay, often on three or more surfaces
- When a filling would be very large, because large fillings can weaken the tooth and make it more likely to break
- When a primary tooth has not developed normally
- When a child with high levels of decay is also disabled or has poor oral hygiene habits. In this case, the crown will protect the tooth from further decay.
Space maintainers help “hold space” for permanent teeth. Your child may need one if he or she loses a baby tooth prematurely, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. If a primary tooth is lost too early, adult teeth can erupt into the empty space instead of where they should be. When more adult teeth are ready to come into the mouth, there may not be enough room for them because of the lost space. To prevent this from happening, the dentist may recommend a space maintainer to hold open the space left by the missing tooth.
Parents, as your child’s permanent teeth come in,
talk to your dentist about having dental sealants
applied to protect teeth from tooth decay.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a coating applied to the chewing
surfaces of back teeth. Grooves in these teeth are so narrow
that a toothbrush cannot fit into the spaces to remove plaque.
Dental sealants prevent dental decay in the grooves.
Why are they important?
Sealants provide protection from dental decay or
“cavities” on the chewing surface.
Are they safe?
Sealants are simple, painless, and require no drilling
What else can parents do to prevent cavities?
Encourage your child to brush and floss every day. Take your child
to the dentist for regular check-ups & Advise. Give your child healthy
foods and avoid candy and foods with lots of sugar.
If you give your baby a bottle at bedtime or naps give only water. ”Juice, soda, flavored sugar drinks & milk (even mother’s own breast milk) all have the potential to be converted into acid by bacteria in a baby’s or Toddlers mouth” Leading to decay or baby bottle rot. Quote by: Therore Croll D.D.S.
Nothing is as special as your child’s happy, healthy smile. As a parent, you know it’s important to learn how to care for your child’s oral health.
How can I avoid baby bottle cavities?
Once your baby’s teeth begin to appear, you need to take extra care that these new teeth do not develop cavities. Babies can develop teeth cavities through “nursing bottle mouth,” which is caused by extended nursing on milk, formula or juices, especially at bedtime or naptime. You should not use a feeding bottle as a pacifier. If you must give your baby a bottle at bedtime or naptime, make sure it contains plain water. You should not give a baby a pacifier that has been dipped in honey or sugar