Infant oral care has to begin at home, at the earliest possible time. Parents play a major role in imparting oral care for the infants. Early dental intervention and screenings will help to educate parents about the dental preventive care, thereby reducing early childhood caries and infection.
It is advisable to take the child to your dentist as early as 6 months after the first teeth appear or at 1 year of age, whichever comes first. Any other diseases, injuries, developmental problems should require earlier intervention.
It’s a good practice to clean your baby’s gums and the teeth by rubbing a clean wash cloth along the baby’s upper and lower gums. Babies get used to their mouth cleaning, when done regularly.
This occurs during the eruption of first few teeth. It makes the child irritable or fussy, they tend to be restless or refuse to eat properly.
Teething rings, hard rusks, frozen items like sliced vegetables or packed ice cubes can help solve teething problems.
When your baby teeth are getting erupted, start brushing their teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristles tooth brush and water.
Using pacifiers, thumb sucking and tongue thrusting habits should be weaned off early so as to avoid malalignment of permanent teeth and skeletal variations in growing face.
Use of properly fitted mouth guards will prevent child from getting injured during sporting activities. In case of hit injuries like avulsed tooth (come out as a whole) immediate dental care is mandatory.