Deti Does Dental blogger talks about how to care for children’s teeth from infant to when the tooth fairy visits

Blog Post Jan 21, 2016

By Anaida Deti

One of the biggest misconceptions is a baby’s and toddler’s teeth are not as important because they “just fall out any way”.

This sentiment couldn’t be more wrong.

Starting your child off with good dental habits – even before a tooth makes its grand appearance – can help keep their teeth healthy, strong and protected for decades to come. Baby teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones; not caring for them properly can lead to tooth decay and/or gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of the permanent teeth.

Ways to avoid cavities and tooth decay:

• Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice – the sugar will stick to the teeth;

• Don’t leave the bottle in the child’s mouth for a long period of time, especially if they are not feeding from it;

• Drink water after every meal/bottle feeding;

• If water is not available, run a damp washcloth over their teeth.

You can begin to clean your baby’s mouth as early as a few weeks after birth. Using a clean, damp washcloth to wipe the gums. Do not use toothpaste until your child has teeth.

Once teeth have begun to appear, use a very soft bristled child-size toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste twice a day; if teeth are touching, then make sure you also gently floss on a daily basis.

After the age of three, you can increase the amount of toothpaste used to pea-size while reminding children to try not to swallow. They still need to be supervised, but by the age of four to five, they should be getting a good grasp of brushing correctly – in a circular motion for two minutes, twice a day.

Now the fun part.

Losing the baby teeth is when most children consider their leap into ‘big kid world’.

Around the age of six, a child’s baby teeth loosen as the roots begin to dissolve, making way for the ‘adult’ teeth to settle in permanently. As exciting as this milestone is, you have to make sure the tooth isn’t yanked out if it’s not ready; this could lead to infection.

However, you can help its progress by wiggling it. Sometimes it can take months before a loose tooth falls out, other times it can be as simple as it coming out by being stuck in food, it might even be swallowed. But rest assured, there is no harm if that happens.

Right when you thought your child’s teething stage was over, here it comes again – thankfully less painful and dramatic. Be prepared for some complaints of pain in the back of the mouth and even up the jaw line; these are the six-year molars poking through that are not replacing baby teeth. Have some fruit frozen juice treats and ice cold water handy to help ease the discomfort. Child Ibuprofen is also safe.

And although they might initially look like funny-shaped giant teeth poking out, remember your child is still physically growing bigger and their teeth will look more proportioned as your little one continues to grow and completes their 32-teeth grin.

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Anaida Deti a registered dental hygienist and the founder and CEO of Dental X Dental Hygiene Clinics. She is an active member and trainer with the Canadian, Ontario and Toronto Dental Hygienists Association (ODHA), and was elected as the ODHA ambassador for Toronto North. Deti has made it her mission to not only educate patients on the importance of dental health, but to also be an oral health educator for dental conventions where she is a coveted speaker. Connect with her @anaidadeti or www.dentalx.ca

Deti Does Dental blogger talks about how to care for children’s teeth from infant to when the tooth fairy visits

Blog Post Jan 21, 2016

By Anaida Deti

One of the biggest misconceptions is a baby’s and toddler’s teeth are not as important because they “just fall out any way”.

This sentiment couldn’t be more wrong.

Starting your child off with good dental habits – even before a tooth makes its grand appearance – can help keep their teeth healthy, strong and protected for decades to come. Baby teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones; not caring for them properly can lead to tooth decay and/or gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of the permanent teeth.

Ways to avoid cavities and tooth decay:

• Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice – the sugar will stick to the teeth;

• Don’t leave the bottle in the child’s mouth for a long period of time, especially if they are not feeding from it;

• Drink water after every meal/bottle feeding;

• If water is not available, run a damp washcloth over their teeth.

You can begin to clean your baby’s mouth as early as a few weeks after birth. Using a clean, damp washcloth to wipe the gums. Do not use toothpaste until your child has teeth.

Once teeth have begun to appear, use a very soft bristled child-size toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste twice a day; if teeth are touching, then make sure you also gently floss on a daily basis.

After the age of three, you can increase the amount of toothpaste used to pea-size while reminding children to try not to swallow. They still need to be supervised, but by the age of four to five, they should be getting a good grasp of brushing correctly – in a circular motion for two minutes, twice a day.

Now the fun part.

Losing the baby teeth is when most children consider their leap into ‘big kid world’.

Around the age of six, a child’s baby teeth loosen as the roots begin to dissolve, making way for the ‘adult’ teeth to settle in permanently. As exciting as this milestone is, you have to make sure the tooth isn’t yanked out if it’s not ready; this could lead to infection.

However, you can help its progress by wiggling it. Sometimes it can take months before a loose tooth falls out, other times it can be as simple as it coming out by being stuck in food, it might even be swallowed. But rest assured, there is no harm if that happens.

Right when you thought your child’s teething stage was over, here it comes again – thankfully less painful and dramatic. Be prepared for some complaints of pain in the back of the mouth and even up the jaw line; these are the six-year molars poking through that are not replacing baby teeth. Have some fruit frozen juice treats and ice cold water handy to help ease the discomfort. Child Ibuprofen is also safe.

And although they might initially look like funny-shaped giant teeth poking out, remember your child is still physically growing bigger and their teeth will look more proportioned as your little one continues to grow and completes their 32-teeth grin.

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Anaida Deti a registered dental hygienist and the founder and CEO of Dental X Dental Hygiene Clinics. She is an active member and trainer with the Canadian, Ontario and Toronto Dental Hygienists Association (ODHA), and was elected as the ODHA ambassador for Toronto North. Deti has made it her mission to not only educate patients on the importance of dental health, but to also be an oral health educator for dental conventions where she is a coveted speaker. Connect with her @anaidadeti or www.dentalx.ca

Deti Does Dental blogger talks about how to care for children’s teeth from infant to when the tooth fairy visits

Blog Post Jan 21, 2016

By Anaida Deti

One of the biggest misconceptions is a baby’s and toddler’s teeth are not as important because they “just fall out any way”.

This sentiment couldn’t be more wrong.

Starting your child off with good dental habits – even before a tooth makes its grand appearance – can help keep their teeth healthy, strong and protected for decades to come. Baby teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones; not caring for them properly can lead to tooth decay and/or gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of the permanent teeth.

Ways to avoid cavities and tooth decay:

• Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice – the sugar will stick to the teeth;

• Don’t leave the bottle in the child’s mouth for a long period of time, especially if they are not feeding from it;

• Drink water after every meal/bottle feeding;

• If water is not available, run a damp washcloth over their teeth.

You can begin to clean your baby’s mouth as early as a few weeks after birth. Using a clean, damp washcloth to wipe the gums. Do not use toothpaste until your child has teeth.

Once teeth have begun to appear, use a very soft bristled child-size toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste twice a day; if teeth are touching, then make sure you also gently floss on a daily basis.

After the age of three, you can increase the amount of toothpaste used to pea-size while reminding children to try not to swallow. They still need to be supervised, but by the age of four to five, they should be getting a good grasp of brushing correctly – in a circular motion for two minutes, twice a day.

Now the fun part.

Losing the baby teeth is when most children consider their leap into ‘big kid world’.

Around the age of six, a child’s baby teeth loosen as the roots begin to dissolve, making way for the ‘adult’ teeth to settle in permanently. As exciting as this milestone is, you have to make sure the tooth isn’t yanked out if it’s not ready; this could lead to infection.

However, you can help its progress by wiggling it. Sometimes it can take months before a loose tooth falls out, other times it can be as simple as it coming out by being stuck in food, it might even be swallowed. But rest assured, there is no harm if that happens.

Right when you thought your child’s teething stage was over, here it comes again – thankfully less painful and dramatic. Be prepared for some complaints of pain in the back of the mouth and even up the jaw line; these are the six-year molars poking through that are not replacing baby teeth. Have some fruit frozen juice treats and ice cold water handy to help ease the discomfort. Child Ibuprofen is also safe.

And although they might initially look like funny-shaped giant teeth poking out, remember your child is still physically growing bigger and their teeth will look more proportioned as your little one continues to grow and completes their 32-teeth grin.

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Anaida Deti a registered dental hygienist and the founder and CEO of Dental X Dental Hygiene Clinics. She is an active member and trainer with the Canadian, Ontario and Toronto Dental Hygienists Association (ODHA), and was elected as the ODHA ambassador for Toronto North. Deti has made it her mission to not only educate patients on the importance of dental health, but to also be an oral health educator for dental conventions where she is a coveted speaker. Connect with her @anaidadeti or www.dentalx.ca