Children are not just young adults. Baby teeth, milk teeth or deciduous teeth are the first set of teeth we all have but most of us barely remember. These teeth are essential in the development of the mouth, paving way for our adult teeth which we’ll (if we’re lucky) have for the rest of our lives. Beginning to show signs around the 9 month mark, a full set of baby teeth will be through by their 2nd birthday.
The first few visits to the dentist chair can be traumatic – especially when you’re so young. We aim to treat your little ones with as much care and patience as they need. At Karma Dental Care, we will help you instil healthy habits to protect their smiles for years to come. A full range of dental treatments are available for the specific needs of our patients at every age.
Unsure of when to take your child for their first check up?
The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) suggests no later than their first birthday when they are aware of their surroundings. Dental fear affects 1 in 4 of us to varying degrees and we believe making your child comfortable early on will help prevent dental anxiety in the future.
By introducing your child to their dentist early we can establish a relationship and element of trust leaving them relaxed during their visits. We can then spot any issues before they develop into anything more serious. From early tooth decay to overcrowding, these can be treated preventing any major tooth damage.
On their first visit we will assess any cavity risks and talk through any signs that dummies and thumb sucking may be influencing normal tooth growth. We will also share tips and advice for at home measures to further prevent tooth decay including brushing techniques, flossing and diet to contribute to your child’s positive oral health.
We have a close affiliation with several schools in the area. Contact us to see if yours is included and we may have a few treats!
Tips to Help Look After Your Little One’s Little Teeth
- Be the good example. Showing your children good oral health habits at home is important to establishing routines. Make it a family time!
- Introduce a song or story whilst you brush their teeth as a distraction. Along with a routine of inside, outside, biting surfaces and gums will make sure no side is forgotten.
- Brush with care. As baby teeth are still fragile, use a soft bristle brush and a tiny smear of fluoridated toothpaste to begin with whilst their enamel begins to harden.
- Make sure they eat breakfast. There is evidence that kids who eat a high protein breakfast have noticeably reduced cravings for sweet treats later in the day.
- Go sugar free! Opt for sugar free juices like squash ad avoid fizzy drinks. These are prime culprits for tooth decay.
- Discourage the use of dummies and thumbsucking. This can move the alignment of the front teeth over time causing an over or underbite to form.
- Introduce flossing early. Once your child’s teeth start to fit close together flossing is important to move any deeply lodged bits of food which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
- Wear a mouth guard. If your child is involved in combat or high impact sports, ensure they protect their teeth and gums with a mouth guard.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Make sure not to miss an appointment, children should be visiting twice a year or more frequently if advised.
- Always keep an eye on any early signs of tooth decay. Any sensitivity or pain they may be trying to hide should be looked at right away.