Oral Health Habits for Babies and Toddlers: Building the Foundation for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
A: Fluoride is an essential ingredient in toothpaste, and it helps prevent tooth decay. However, you should use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. After that, you can use a pea-sized amount.
A: Yes, prolonged thumb-sucking can cause problems with the development of teeth and jaws, leading to bite problems or crooked teeth. It is recommended to help your child stop thumb-sucking before their permanent teeth come in.
A: Make tooth brushing a fun and positive experience for your child. You can try singing a song or making it a game. Also, it helps if you lead by example and let your child see you brushing your teeth.
A: Your child should see a dentist by their first birthday, or within six months of getting their first tooth. Early dental visits are essential to prevent tooth decay and ensure proper dental development.
A: Sugary and starchy foods can be harmful to your child’s teeth. These include candy, cookies, chips, and juice. Try to limit these foods and encourage your child to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
A: If your child’s tooth is knocked out, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. If the tooth is a baby tooth, you do not need to try and save it. If it is a permanent tooth, try to put it back in place and hold it in with a clean cloth. If you cannot put it back in, store it in a cup of milk and see a dentist immediately.
A: Yes, drooling is a common occurrence in babies and toddlers, especially when teething. It is nothing to worry about, but make sure to keep your baby’s face clean and dry to avoid rashes.
A: Some natural remedies can help relieve teething pain, such as chilled teething rings, cold washcloths, and rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger. However, avoid using any herbal remedies without consulting with your child’s doctor or dentist. And relieved pain may disguise more serious dental problems.
A: You can start flossing your child’s teeth when two teeth are touching together. Use a soft, flexible floss, and make sure to floss between all teeth.
A: Some signs of tooth decay in children include white or brown spots on the teeth, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and pain. If you notice any of these signs, you should see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the teeth.