As early as a few months old, as soon as the deciduous teeth shows up, mom should always make it a habit to wipe the baby’s teeth with a moist towel to get rid of the sugar left from the milk. The tongue should also be cleaned to prevent from accumulating of bacteria. There is a special toothbrush available that is placed on the mom’s fingertip when the baby grows a little older.
Children at age 5 would show some changes with regards on the color as well as the health condition of these teeth. We should tell our children to refrain from eating too many candies and to make it a point to brush every after meal. A good amount of water can be helpful, too.
At age 7, when permanent teeth are about to erupt, dentists require the children’s teeth to have flouridization as well as application of sealants on the grooves of the molars to prevent from having cavities. It is really a must to visit the dentist twice a year to ensure that the teeth are always in perfect condition.
Take notice on how your children sleep. Some tend to grind their teeth while asleep. Bruxism is the condition where it may cause tooth wear from too much grinding of the teeth. That being said, it may affect not only the teeth itself but as well the jaw/mandible. There is an oral appliance that can be used for this to be prevented.
The most advisable age to have your children wear dental braces is when most of permanent teeth are already existing. This way, the proper spacing can be calculated properly and the growth of the other teeth can be guided properly. The use of a panoramic x-ray should be able to tell the dentist whether there are malformations of teeth, the expected time when permanent teeth will erupt as well as the growth of the mandible.
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