For Parents First Visit Ways To Brush More Watch Your Child Thumb Sucker Pacifiers Teething Nutrition
For Parents • Typically, the best time to take your child to his/her first dental visit is usually by the age ofF 18 to 24 monthsIR • Be prepared...Tell your child what they shouldS expect.T • As a rule, the first visit for youngsters is intended to be a "GETTING TO KNOWVI YOU" session.S • The dentist will try to instill confidence in theI child with reassuring dialogue and a calmT demeanor.
For ParentsWA • By having multiple flavors of • At breakfast time, place theirY toothpaste, one can allow the toothbrush near their eatingS child to pick the flavor of the utensils to remind them to day. brush after the meal.T • Allow them to watch you floss • Before bedtime, place their and brush, even letting them toothbrush on their pillow toO occasionally help to brush again remind them to brush your teeth. before bedtime.B • Acknowledge to them that • Lastly, take the child to theR they are doing a wonderful dentist twice a year toU job on their teeth by letting examine and encourage good them know how fresh their dental health.S breath is and how shiny theirH teeth look.MORE
For ParentsW • watching for clenching or grinding habits in youngstersA • avoiding excessive fluoride levels in children by having yourwaterT source checked. If there are acceptable levels, vitaminC supplementation may not be needed.H • Avoid giving children under the age of 8 years old the antibiotic Tetracycline. Mothers should also avoid certain medications duringY pregnancy.O • Make sure children wear protective mouthguards when playing sports.U • Avoid giving children cavity-producing foods, i.e., junk foods.R • Avoid allowing children to go to bed with baby bottles containing milk or any other liquids that can cause decay, other than water.C • Teach children good early oral hygiene habits.H • Watch for delayed eruption patterns or crowding in the childs teeth.I • Have the child visit the dentist twice a year for a dentalL examination, cleaning and fluoride treatment to avoid future dentalD problems.
For Parents Thumb-sucking is a common habit that occurs duringT childhood. Most children suckH their thumb even before birthU as is seen through sonogramsM taken of the child. Studies suggest that this habit is a wayB for the infant to relax, feel safe and is comforting.SU Although thumb-sucking is aC normal habit, serious teethK problems can occur if itE continues after the teeth erupt.R
For Parents • The best time to intervene • Get a calendar and place it when your child is between in a visible location. PlaceT the ages of 4-6 years old. • Have your dentist or a gold star sticker on anyH half or full day that the pediatricians explain toU your child, with photos, child does not thumb-suck.M what problems can result This Should make theB from thumb-sucking. child feel much more motivated instead ofS negative comments, whichU may make the child feelC worse.KER
For Parents • if you notice your child beginning to suck their fingers or thumbs, during the first 3 months of life, you can introduce your child to a pacifierP • to avoid any trauma to the gums, itsA important to buy a pacifier with a nippleC made of rubberI • do not use the soother around theF clock, only when necessaryI • in rare instances, pacifiers may causeE complications, like abnormal swallowing patternsR • check the pacifier daily for breakage. They do not last forever. The child could suck a "ripped" pacifier and choke on it • do not hang the pacifier around your babys neck with a string. Your baby could be accidentally strangled
For Parents • to avoid improper breathing and abnormal molding of the babys jaws, choose a soother that resembles theP natural nipple and breastA • Pacifier use can cause abnormalC development of the jaws and teeth.IF Some reasons are:I • improperly sized and shaped sootherE • strength of sucking actionR • ength of time the soother is present within the mouth
For Parents By age 6, the children begin to There are ways to help relieve lose baby teeth, whereby some of the discomfort the permanent adult teeth replace them. This cutting of new teeth child may have. SomeT often causes a great discomfort to include:EE the infants and children. There – rubbing the childs gumT are various signs and symptoms with your clean finger to watch for listed below: – allowing child to chew onH – drooling, excess salivaI a teething ring – blisters over the erupting toothN – fever – always maintain theG childs full well-balanced – infection – sleep disturbance diet
For Parents • Birth to 6 months old: the babys • 6-12 months: Brush teeth after each jaw and teeth are developing. Breast meal. Studies suggest that one can milk or formula is supplement with fluoride at 6 monthsN good.supplementing the baby with of age, if the drinking water has fluoride is not recommended. fluoride levels less than 0.6ppm(partsU • 6 months old: 2 to 4 teeth may be permillion). The pediatrician andT present. Gauze and a soft toothbrush pediatric dentist will evaluate and without toothpaste can be used to help determine the appropriate levels .R clean the teeth. Parents must watch • 12-24 months: 20 teeth should beI infants feeding practices at this present. Good oral hygiene and time, especially with long term use appropriate eating habits are needed.T of bottle with liquids that can cause Cavity-causing snacks must be cavities. It is a good habit to use avoided.I only water bottles at nap or bedtime • 2-3 years old: All the baby teeth areO to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. present. Child should be taught to brush his or her own teeth. FlossingN can be started with the aid of an adult.