A Guide to Early Childhood Dental Issues

dental care favorite plusAs parents, we want our child to have a happy, healthy smile for life. Thinking about dental care at a young age can help guarantee that a child’s teeth are always in good condition. It is advisable to visit a dentist by your child’s first birthday.

You may not be aware of this, but children are susceptible to a variety of dental issues.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

This dental issue is a result of a child’s teeth’s prolonged contact with sugary drinks. These drinks can include infant formula, fruit juice, milk, or sugar water. Bacteria breaks down sugar in the mouth, producing an acid by-product. This acid harms the teeth and excorticates the enamel, causing tooth decay.

Do not put any liquid, except water, onto your baby’s pacifier before giving it to them. Refrain from including additional sugar to your child’s food. Do not put your baby down for bed or a nap with a bottle, and always wipe your kid’s gums with a soft, moist cloth after eating.

Early Tooth Loss

When a child loses a baby tooth early, it’s usually because of injury or tooth decay. If left untreated, the remaining teeth may crowd the space for the permanent tooth. The dentist can prevent this by putting a space maintainer into your child’s mouth. It would help preserve that space until the permanent tooth is ready. If your child loses a tooth too soon, please see the dentist right away to prevent future problems.

Thumb Sucking

Infants are always sucking on something. This habit should not concern you unless it continues when they age. When a baby’s permanent teeth start to come out, thumb sucking can push the teeth out of alignment. It may also result in speech problems or teach your child to eat incorrectly. Once the first tooth starts to come out, parents should encourage a child to stop sucking.

Remember that sucking is a comfort and coping mechanism. Negative reinforcement will push your child to suck even more.

 

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