Oral Health Care for Your Toddler’s Teeth
01 July 2014, Dabur Dental Team
Begin at the Beginning:
Gifting your toddler a visit to the dentist, on his first birthday, is the best you can do for his precious teeth. Early preventive care saves money and discomfort in the long run. Problems (if any) identified at a young age have a brighter chance to sort themselves out. Also, a visit to the dentist can be very enlightening for young parents, as they can learn the correct dental care methods for their toddlers.
Good Habits Mean Good Teeth:
What’s to be understood is that for children, brushing and flossing is crucial, especially before bedtime. Ensure that they avoid food and drinks inbetween their night’s last and next morning’s first brushing session. Brushing before going to bed is of utmost importance as while we sleep, the secretion of saliva decreases (saliva acts as a protective fluid against dental decay).
Avoid Baby Bottle Decay:
The simplest way to put your infant to sleep is by letting him suckle on a bottle of milk. As much as you may like the idea from a ‘soothing’ point of view, you may be risking the health of his teeth in the bargain.When sugary liquids cling to baby's teeth,they feedbacteria that can trigger tooth decay. If you must give your child a bottle to take to bed, make sure it contains only water. However, sleeping while sucking onto a bottle is not advisable as it may cause growth complications in the child’s teeth and jaws.
Stick to the Basics:
There are many new baby products in the market that look fancy and promise to make life simpler. However, have you ever analysed that short term benefits may have disastrous long term effects? Prolonged use of a sipper can cause decay at the back of the front teeth, if the beverages are sugary. Also, in the long term, pacifiers can affect the top and bottom teeth line-up and the shape of the mouth.
As a young parent, always read, discuss and be aware about things pertaining to the dental care of your toddler. Teeth are a very important part of your baby’s overall personality. Don’t let your ignorance or slip-ups cost him his oral health.
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Maintaining proper oral hygiene and using the right toothpaste plays a vital role in keeping dental problems such as plaque, gingivitis, tartar and tooth decay away. Visit our blog to know more about dental care and following an oral care routine to keep teeth strong and healthy