should my child have his
You should bring your child in for examination around his or her
Your dentist will discuss the importance of regular cleaning of
your infant's teeth, the use of fluoride treatment, and why you
should not put your child to bed with a bottle.
should my children see
dentist every 6 months instead of once a year?
Just like their fast-growing bodies, children's teeth are
also growing and changing at a much faster rate than adults'.
Going for a dental visit once every 6 months means that your child's
dentist can keep track of his or her dental development and treat
any problem early.
can I get my child to brush?
way is to have them start their own daily brushing routine once
they wake up and before they go to bed.
A couple of hints:
brush and floss regularly.
children pick their own brush & toothpaste flavor.
some books about tooth brushing.
to praise your children along the way ("Your teeth are so nice
and sparkly, you must brush them very well") - positive reinforcement
goes a long way!
baby teeth important?
Baby or primary teeth help children learn to speak clearly and chew
naturally. They also help form a path that permanent teeth can follow,
so it's important to keep good care of these teeth.
thumb sucking bad?
under the age of 4, when their teeth are still straight and not
crowded, thumb sucking does not pose a large problem.
However, it is important to stop this thumb sucking habit before
children's permanent teeth appear as their new teeth and the contour
of their jaw bones may be adversely affected.
no - pacifiers are often made from tough rubber and can cause worse
tooth alignment problems than thumb sucking
should I do if my child has
See a dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can rinse
the affected area with warm salt water and then press a cold compress
on your child's face if it's swollen. You can also give your child
a painkiller for children.