Taking Care of Children’s Dental Health

Taking Care of Children’s Dental Health

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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If you are looking in the mirror when you are older and getting ready to retire and decide it is time to do something about your smile, you have probably waited too long.  During your lifetime, you will go through a few sets of teeth.  If you want to have a healthy set of teeth when you are older, you need to learn how to take care of your teeth when you are very young.  The question that most parents ask is when to start teaching their children how to take care of their teeth.

Baby Milestones

After you have a baby, you will start celebrating milestones.  Things such as first steps and first words are greeted with cheers.  Another thing that is watched for closely is when the baby starts getting their first tooth.  Some babies are actually born with a tooth or teeth while others will usually start getting their teeth between the ages of 3 months to a year.  The time to start teaching a child about taking care of their teeth is when the teeth first appear.  While you may not think that they would understand what you are doing, the habits that you can form at any age will have a big impact on the health of their teeth when they are older.

How to Start

You do not need to start out using a toothbrush and toothpaste for an infant.  Instead of that, you can use a cotton swab with water to go over the teeth on a nightly basis.  This can be part of a routine that you use as you prepare your infant for bed at night.  These are the types of routines that will last a lifetime and can be an important part of your child’s dental health.

As the Child Grows Older

A baby will depend on their parents to perform the dental care for them, but as they get older, it is important to shift that responsibility to the child.  Brushing teeth should be a part of a child’s routine to get ready for bed and when they get up in the morning.  A child should be told about the effect that sweets can have on their teeth and how they should limit the amount of candy they have if they do not want to damage their teeth.

Along with care at home, the decision about when to take a child to the dentist and how often will also be something that parents will have to decide.  There are dentists who specialize in taking care of children and there are dentists that take care of both children and adults.  The type of dentist that you take your child to see is a matter of personal choice.  It is usually recommended for children to start seeing the dentist twice a year when they reach the age of about three or four.  If they seem to have any pain in their teeth before that they might want to consider going at an earlier age.

It is up to the parents to teach their children about how to care for their teeth.  If the parents fail to do this it could cause problems for the child as they grow older.  Although it is possible to learn good habits at a later age, it is much easier if you are taught from as young an age as possible.  When you look in the mirror later in your life, you will appreciate what it has done for your smile.

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