What are the common guidelines for early dental care?

What are the common guidelines for early dental care?

Many parents have a tough time wondering, how much of dental care do their kids need. Parents always want to prevent cavities, but they do not know how to do so. A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in their jaws at birth and typically begin to show up during the 6th month and 1 year.

Most of the children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of 3 years. Every child is different, but usually, the firth teeth which make an appearance are located at the top and bottom front of their mouth.


Good dental care starts even before a baby’s firth tooth appears. Just because it is not visible, it does not mean it isn’t there. The growth of teeth begins from the second trimester of pregnancy. At the time of birth, your baby has 20 primary teeth; some of them are fully developed in jaws.

• Even before the teeth start to grow, run a clean, damp washcloth onto the gums of your baby to remove all the harmful bacteria.
• Once he starts teething, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Make use of water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste.

• Once your baby’s teeth start touching each other you can begin flossing in between them.

• At the age of 2, your child should be able to spit while brushing. Avoid giving them the water to swish and spit, because it may lead them to swallow up the toothpaste.

• Make sure that your kid who is around the age of 3 uses only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

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Even infants can be attacked by tooth decay if a good feeding habit isn’t practiced. It may be convenient to put a baby to sleep with a bottle, but it may cause harm to the baby teeth. When the sugar and the milk remain on the babies gums, it may cause harm by eating away the enamel, creating a condition of the bottled mouth. Discolored, poked, and pitted front teeth are signs of bottled mouth. Kids with severe cases may develop cavities and need their front teeth pulled (premature teeth will grow later).

Parents should set up a feeding time for their babies because sucking on a bottle all day long can easily damage the young teeth.

Here is how to keep the cavities away:Cavities happen when bacteria and food are left on the teeth due to not rinsing or brushing after eating. Acid collects on the teeth and softens the enamel until a hole or a cavity is formed.

Start good oral habits:The best way is to teach your kid to brush their teeth twice a day and floss their mouth regularly.

Limit certain foods: Sugary foods, candy’s, juices can cause cavities in babies easily. But if your kids consume such foods immediately rinse their mouth or brush their teeth to wash away the sugar from their gums. The same goes for sweetened medicines.

Get enough fluoride: Regular use of fluorides toughens the enamel, by making it harder for the acids to penetrate. Even though many towns require water to be fluoridated, others don’t. If your water is not fluoridated, if you use purified water, ask your dentist for fluoride supplements. Most of the toothpaste contains fluorides but toothpaste alone is not enough to fully protect your child’s teeth. But, too much fluoride can cause discoloration. Therefore, check with your dentists before supplementing.

As your Childs permanent teeth grow in, the dentist can apply a thin wash of resin (called as a sealant) in the back teeth, where most of the chewing is done. That protective coating keeps bacteria from settling in the molars. Make sure that your kids are aware that sealants aren’t a replacement for regular flossing and brushing.

As kids keep the growth plan, a routine dental checkup once every 3 months or once a year. This depends on your dentist’s recommendation. Keeping sugary foods in a limit, encouraging your kid in regular flossing and brushing twice a day and working with your dentists will lead to good dental health.

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Here is how to keep the cavities away

Limit certain foods

Good dental care starts even before a baby’s firth tooth appears

Get enough fluoride


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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