Dentistry For Kids
Healthy teeth are essential to a child's health, allowing them to eat, talk, and smile. Setting strong dental habits early on helps build a foundation for a quality life in the future. Poor dental habits lead to infections, illnesses, and other dental and overall health complications. In addition to home dental care, it is crucial to regularly bring your child into the dentist as soon as they start teething. We can help you take care of your kid's teeth here at Camas Dentistry.
Dentition in Kids
Primary teeth are important as they provide the blueprint to guide the growth of permanent teeth. Teeth in most kids start emerging at six months of age, but could come as early as three months or as late as one year. At three years, most kids will have all 20 of their baby teeth. Then at around six and seven years, the primary teeth start falling out, and adult teeth start growing in. Bottom central incisors appear first, followed by the top central incisors, then the lateral incisors. The canines follow, and later the premolars. Molars emerge after the permanent teeth at around the age of 12 years.
Tooth Decay in Kids
The enamel typically covers teeth. The enamel in primary teeth is thinner than that in permanent teeth. This makes it easy for baby teeth to get damaged, even before the very first teeth emerge. Early childhood decay is caused by consuming liquids containing sugar, such as juices, formula, breastmilk, and milk. Tooth decay in kids is risky as it could affect them during adulthood. Kids who suffer from tooth decay suffer pain and discomfort. This can lead to failure to concentrate on learning and play, and difficulties speaking and eating.
Taking Care of Kids' Oral Health
Oral care in kids should begin as early as birth. After breastfeeding or sleep, one should use a wet, soft, and clean washcloth to rub the baby's gums at least twice a day. Immediately after the first teeth surface, it is essential to clean them at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Children should not go to bed with a bottle, which encourages bacteria growth. Parents should introduce a training cup after the baby is six months old. Water is essential as it helps wash down bacteria, especially after meals. Teeth soothers for teething babies should not be sweetened. Putting a pacifier in your mouth and then giving the baby encourages bacteria transfer. Also, prolonged use of a pacifier or thumb sucking can affect dental alignment, especially after the age of four when children naturally begin to grow out of these habits. It is necessary to consult the dentist about any dental concerns during your visits.
Until the age of seven years, kids typically need assistance when brushing. At seven years, they will need a larger soft-bristled toothbrush along with a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste when brushing. Flossing should also be done at least once a day and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. A nutrient-dense diet is essential for the growing body and immune system at a young age. A good diet helps provide nutrients for the body, thus eradicating oral infections. Parents should also ensure safety for their kids, especially in games and sports. Any oral injuries could be traumatic for kids.
For more inquiries on kids' dental health, visit us at Camas Dentistry or reach us at 360-837-5992 to schedule an appointment.