TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN’S TEETH
Just as it is important for an adult to take good care of their teeth, it is equally important for parents to help their children in taking care of their milk teeth. These teeth will stay in the child’s mouth for 4 to11 years thus making it a necessity to keep them in good condition. Parents who have babies with budding teeth should wipe the baby’s teeth after breast feeding or after a meal. It may be uncomfortable to brush young children with two or four teeth but you can use a clean cloth to wipe their teeth and move onto brushing after more teeth pop in. Kindly note that most children chew on the brush rather than actual brushing. This is still in order as they’re learning the discipline of toothbrushing. At this stage, they will need adult assistance and supervision.
Older children should be taught on how to brush their teeth twice daily and be supervised at least once a day until they perfect the art of brushing their teeth. You might not be in control of how your child brushes their teeth in the morning because of work commitments but you can be their brushing partner in the evening before retiring to bed so as to ensure they are brushing their teeth well.
When young children’s teeth are not well taken care of, they may develop cavities. Yes, milk teeth can develop cavities. Depending on the extent of the cavity the milk tooth may be filled, root filled or in the case where the tooth cannot be salvaged it may be extracted. It is not advisable to remove a child’s tooth before its shedding time sets in, this is because the tooth positioned behind it may occupy the newly created gap and thus close the space for the permanent tooth that was to grow after the milk tooth. This is one of the causes of crowded teeth in children that can be remedied by use of braces. Join us next week Tuesday as we continue on our MAC Dental Care series.