5 tips on looking after your child’s baby teeth

Looking after the teeth of young children is very important, the fact that children eventually lose their baby teeth doesn’t mean that these don’t play an important role in your child’s development, or that it’s ok to do nothing if baby teeth are hurt or lost before nature intended.

In order to ensure that your child’s teeth stay strong and healthy, follow these simple steps and remember that baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth.cavities_in_baby_teeth

  1. Limit sugary drinks and foods.

Drinks and foods with high levels of sugar can cause tooth decay. Avoid using these types of foods as incentives or rewards for good behaviour.

Allow your child to have a variety of healthy foods every day, including fruits, vegetables, grains, cereal, diary, lean meat, fish and eggs.

Beware of the high content of sugar in juices, and sports or lifestyle drinks such as flavoured water and Gatorade, that could pass off as appropriate for your child.

  1. No dummies or sucking fingers.

Dummies and sucking fingers can seem harmless, but they can cause the facial form of the child to change, as a result of respiratory, dental and speech problems

Encourage your child to stop these habits by offering a reward for a period without sucking, or use distractions such as play or new activities.

  1. Brush your child’s baby teeth at least twice a day.

Brushing your child’s baby teeth is just as important as brushing their adult teeth.

Assist your child with their teeth brushing technique every day, a child that can’t tie their own shoes is very likely not to be able to brush their teeth properly. Be patient and set the foundations of your child’s oral health from a young age.

  1. There is not such a thing as being too young to go to the dentist.

You should take your child to the dentists when their first tooth erupts, the practitioner might not be able to much, but your child will start getting used to the sounds and smells of a dental Brushing your child's teethpractice, and will learn to relax for future and more complex interactions with a dentist.

Help your child understand that going to the dentist can be a positive experience and that it’s necessary to maintain excellent oral health.

  1. See your dentist asap if your child hurts their teeth.

If your child hurts, damages or knocks a baby tooth out, don’t attempt to put it back in place as this could damage the adult tooth underneath the gum.  Put the baby tooth in a glass of fresh milk and contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Your child might be eligible to $1,000 worth of dental care subsidised by Medicare. Give us a call on 9727 0364 to find out if your child is eligible.

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