Raising kids can have plenty of firsts and new experiences. There are things you never considered that was a big deal to you that now become a priority for your kid’s wellbeing. For instance, we completely forget about our milk teeth that were our first set of pearly whites. The memory of teething and having milk teeth erupt from baby gums is an experience we can’t recall very well; however, for your child, this is a rite of passage that can be quite itchy. If you’re wondering about what needs to be done to help your children have healthy gums and teeth from the get-go, you’ve arrived at the right place! This blog will give you five essential tips to manage your kid’s dental health when they’re in the teething and transitional phases.
- Hygiene: Milk teeth are the 20 teeth that your child will have to use for five to seven years of their life. When your child starts teething between 6-12 months, the gums begin to harden and itch, which can make them cranky and bitey. Children often get sick and feverish, biting at anything that can give them some relief. Ensure that all the footwear, car keys, remote controllers, and rubberized tools are kept away from their reach. Instead, give them sterilized teething toys.
- Regular checks: Occurrences like plaque, tartar and cavities can be detected early and cleaned by your local dentist. Also, your child could fall and break a loose tooth once the milk teeth are ready to fall off. Usually, they don’t bleed much, but if the bleeding causes some concern, get them checked at the emergency dental clinic as soon as possible. It could be an underlying gum injury that may not be visible to us or a clotting problem that the dentist can treat. You can also get them checked for teeth alignment and any damage to the roots with a dentist’s help.
- Brushing their tongue: The human tongue is more populated than bacteria than any other surface on the body. It is also the gateway to the stomach, which is why you’ll notice your child getting an upset stomach often if they don’t clean their tongue well. For babies, use a clean moist cloth to wipe their tongue. When your child can start brushing, teach them how to clean their tongue
- Stay away from mouthwash: As nice it is for us to use mouthwash, it is harmful when ingested, especially for children. We advise you to keep this item away until they grow up!
- Allow teeth to fall naturally: Our generation may have experienced a fair share of pranks where dads use all sorts of tricks to pull out loose milk teeth. However, it is advised for them to fall off naturally. If the tooth is very loose and hindering their meals, let a dentist do the job!
You may see many parents take their child’s initial dental health for granted when the first set of milk teeth arrive. Most think that these deciduous teeth being temporary aren’t any cause for alarm if they get cavities or plaque. It can be problematic to the roots and gums in the long run, so you can use our tips and ensure they have excellent oral health!