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Preventative Tips for a Child’s Dental Health

Oral Tips for Children Chicago

Infants

The best time for infants to go to the dentist for the first time is at six months of age. This is around the time the baby's primary teeth start to grow. This is especially the case for infants who suck their thumbs or suffer from gum irritation.

It is a good idea to let your baby nurse on a bottle when getting ready to sleep, however you should not put your baby down to sleep with a bottle; especially one with milk or juice as this can lead to early decay. Also, sweet items should not be used on a pacifier. Try to switch your child to a sippy cup after their first birthday.

Teething

The soreness that develops from teething can be resolved by allowing your baby to suck on a teething ring. This should work particularly for children under the age of four. This may also help with preventing a child from sucking one's thumb. Topic, infant specific topical gels may also be an option to help with the pain associated with the teething process.

Primary Teeth

The primary teeth are important to a child's development as they can create the base for one's permanent teeth years down the road. It might help to take your child to a dentist to utilize space maintainers to correct crowded spaces.

You could even use an infant toothbrush that goes over your finger to brush your infant's teeth. You can use a non-fluoride toothpaste or water to clean the teeth so they can develop properly.
As your child grows older, you can use a small pea-sized bit of toothpaste. Don't forget to teach your child how to spit out the toothpaste after each use; swishing with water.

Fluoride

Be sure to talk with your dentist about fluoride supplements for your child. This may provide your child with fluoride beyond what one gets from toothpaste.

Toothaches

A toothache can be treated by using salt and warm water and rinsing it in your child's mouth. This may potentially ease the irritation that comes with the aches.

Injuries

You should also observe how your child behaves at play and make sure your child doesn't stick random things in one's mouth. A mouth guard should also be utilized for some physical activities like sports. A good mouth guard can be soft and easy to fit around your child's teeth.

In the event that a child's tooth become loose or is knocked out, you should place the tooth in a cold milk container or in a saline solution. The mouth should then be rinsed of blood and a cold compress should be used near the cheek. You can also attempt to reinsert the tooth into the gums by having the child bite down on the area to keep the tooth from separating while waiting for treatment.

Sealants

Sealants can be used for preventative purposes to seal a tooth from plaque. In most cases it can last for years.

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