Avoiding teething troubles

Here’s how you can ensure good dental care for children, which is crucial for their overall health and well-being.
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  • Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth even before their teeth come in...Use a soft damp cloth to wipe their gums after feedings.

  • Schedule your child’s first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth coming in.

  • Once teeth appear, start brushing them twice a day using a small soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice for babies and a pea-sized amount for children aged 3 to 6).

  • Begin flossing your child’s teeth once they have two teeth that touch. This helps to remove plaque and food particles between teeth.

  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks. Encourage a balanced diet with plenty of fruits vegetables dairy products and water.

  • Make sure your child gets enough fluoride to strengthen their teeth. This can be through drinking water toothpaste or fluoride treatments from the dentist.

  • Schedule regular dental check-ups every six months. This helps in early detection and treatment of potential dental issues.

  • If your child is involved in sports, ensure they wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth from injury.

  • Don’t put your child to bed with a bottle filled with milk, juice or any sugary liquid. This can lead to tooth decay.

  • Children often mimic their parents. Show them that you take your oral health seriously by brushing and flossing regularly.

  • Turn brushing and flossing into a fun activity. Use toothbrushes with their favourite characters, play their favourite song while they brush or use apps designed to encourage kids to brush properly.

  • Talk to your dentist about dental sealants – a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces to prevent decay.

  • (The writer is senior dental consultant, Fortis Hospital Richmond Road)

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