When should I take my child to the dentist for his/her first visit?
It would be best to bring him/her as soon as the first tooth erupts or within 6 months of this occurrence. Usually, the first dental visit should be around his/her first birthday. This will allow us to establish a preventive program for your child so they won’t have any cavities in the future.
What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
A small soft–bristled toothbrush may be used to start off his/her oral hygiene routine. Make sure the toothbrush has a small, rounded head that will fit in your child's mouth. You may also use gauze sponges to aid in the cleaning of your infant’s teeth and gum pads.
When should we start using toothpaste?
As soon as your baby has teeth. Children living in the Philippines do not have a fluoridated water supply, thus, it is important that toothpaste with fluoride be used. For children 0-3 years old, a "smear" toothpaste should be placed within the bristles of the toothbrush. For 3–6 years old, half a pea–sized amount is recommended. For children greater than 6 years old, a pea-sized amount should be used and a current recommendation of the "no rinse" technique should also be reinforced.
How can I prevent ‘Baby Bottle Tooth Decay’?
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries is easily preventable. It is essential to wean the child from the bottle by 12-14 months old. Avoid putting the baby to sleep with milk or any other sweet liquid beyond this age. It is also important to learn the proper way of cleaning your child’s teeth.
Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits bad?
Most children will go through a thumbsucking phase which they will easily outgrow. If your child is still thumbsucking or using the pacifier past the age of three, then problems may arise. The upper front teeth may be pushed outwards and the premaxilla may even be malformed depending on the frequency and intensity of the habit.
Are ‘baby teeth’ really important?
Baby teeth or primary teeth are essential for proper nutrition and speech. These are vital for the child's ability to eat properly, chew naturally and speak clearly. These are also the building blocks for your child's permanent teeth. Numerous studies and our clinical experience have shown that if a child’s baby teeth are full of cavities, the permanent teeth would very likely follow the same path.
What do I need to do to prevent tooth decay for my child?
As a parent, you should take the lead when it comes to your child’s oral health. You should supervise brushing and flossing, monitor diet and ensure that your child is able to visit his/her dentist regularly. Check–ups are recommended every 3–6 months, depending on your child’s oral health status. It is also essential to be an example to your kids and to make them feel safe and happy in the dental clinic.