“…but they’re just baby teeth” is something we hear a lot. Yes, they are baby teeth. However the bacteria that infects and causes harm to baby teeth will not disappear with the tooth fairy. By treating childhood decay quickly it limits the spread and infestation of the bacteria. This bacteria has been linked to lifelong health problems. In a recently published study oral childhood infections were linked with adulthood cardiovascular issues.
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What can you do to limit your child’s chance of tooth decay?
- Before teething: Gently wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp wash cloth to remove harmful bacteria
- Once teeth start coming in brush your little’s teeth with an infant tooth brush and water or a tiny pit of baby toothpaste.
- As more teeth come in, and they begin to touch each other, you can begin flossing. Try to make it a game so it’s fun!
- Teach your 3 year-old’s to spit as not to swallow too much tooth paste.
- Take your kiddos with you to the dentist from a young age so it’s not so scary for them when it’s their turn. We love inviting the young one to sit in the chair so we can count their teeth. This gets them used to someone sitting in the chair, introduces them to the dentist and makes it a fun visit.
- Your child should start having proper dental check ups around age 3 or 4. Remember early detection of caries and proper hygiene instruction will help keep your little one’s oral health in tip-top shape!