Top Questions parents have regarding their children’s oral health!
It’s very common for parents to be dubious regarding their children’s oral health. While many questions do arise, we’ve highlighted a few of the common ones regarding pediatric dentistry that are bound to raise a couple of eyebrows.
1. What type of toothpaste should my child be using? And how much quantity should they be using?
Considering that children below the age of 6 have a tendency to swallow more toothpaste than they should be, it’s best to use a low-fluoride toothpaste.
Toddler’s younger than 2 years of age should use a fluoride free toothpaste and switch to a low fluoride toothpaste past the age of 2 years old.
While a tiny smear of toothpaste is enough for babies till the age of 3, it’s recommended to move to a pea size as your child grows.
To avoid swallowing toothpaste, it is recommended to angle the baby’s face downward so that the extra toothpaste can fall out.
We ensure to teach our young patients the ABC’s of good oral hygiene and how to care for their teeth. We also teach their parents how to assist younger ones in brushing.
2. How do I teach my child to care for their teeth?
Trying to ensure your child inculcates good oral hygiene at a young age is very important, as it sets the trend for regular oral hygiene for the rest of their life. While you can teach them how to brush, how many times to brush, it’s also important for children to look at it as a way of life and not simply brush their teeth because they are told to.
We at Smilecraft ensure that your child is taught how to brush, how many times to brush, other habits of good oral hygiene and teaching them about oral hygiene and the many benefits of taking care.
3. When should baby teeth come in? And when should adult teeth appear?
The appearance of the first baby tooth is different for everyone, the visibility of the first set of baby teeth varies among all babies. While most babies milk teeth appear within 6 to 12 months, don’t be alarmed if it takes a little longer.
Milk teeth tend to start falling after the age of 5. If your child reaches the age of 9 with a set of extra strong milk teeth, it would be a good idea to take your child to the dentist for an x-ray to check if the adult teeth are located below the gums.
4. How do I get my child to stop sucking their thumb?
While positive reinforcement might drop the habit for a while, there’s no assurity that it’ll work. At SmileCraft, we analyse what triggers the habit and use habit breaking appliances to ensure that thumb sucking is put to a halt at the right age. We also educate your little ones about detrimental habits which can cost their oral health.
5. When should my child have their first dental X-RAY?
Usually, X-RAYs aren’t required until a child reaches the age of 5 years. However, there are cases where there has been some trauma and younger children have needed to get a dental X-RAY. Following the completion of 5 years, a child could have X-RAYs between certain time periods to check on the development of their teeth as well as try to ascertain possible problematic areas which might require attention in the future.
We understand how important your baby’s pearly whites are, and we promise to ensure that they are cared for in the best possible way. We at SmileCraft teach the importance of good oral hygiene at a young age to prolong the life of healthy teeth.