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Birth to 2 Year Olds

Children’s Dental Advice

Why Are Primary Teeth Important? They are going to fall out eventually aren’t they?

“Baby teeth” is another name for primary teeth. All children have these teeth before they reach adulthood. Such teeth play a vital role in the health and development of a child. They need to be looked after well just as the permanent teeth do. When a child is first learning how to speak and eat, primary teeth will contain severe critical function in them. They have an important role to play when the child’s face is growing and developing. Not only that, but primary teeth provide space to the dental arch. They also help the permanent teeth to form in the child’s mouth. Permanent teeth will often begin to be seen by the time the child turns six years old. However, the teeth at the back of the mouth (also known as molars) will usually stay until the child has turned twelve or thirteen years old. If these teeth are not looked after well, decay will begin to occur. Gum disease and toothaches may also be experienced. Sometimes other health difficulties may also happen. This is why primary teeth are important. All of them must be well cared for. As with permanent teeth, primary teeth must also receive professional attention on a regular basis.

When Do Babies Begin To Get Teeth?

There are babies who will begin to form teeth before they are born. Sometimes “natal teeth” will be formed. Such teeth can be seen when the baby has been born. However, most baby’s will not begin to grow primary teeth until they are around four to six months old. The teeth that will arrive first are: the front teeth (also known as central incisors), the center teeth and the lower teeth. Permanent teeth will not begin to form underneath the gums until the baby has turned three years old. Once all of the teeth have been developed, the child should have thirty-two permanent teeth all up. This includes all four wisdom teeth.
Teething.

Most children will have no trouble forming teeth. However, there will be a few who do have difficulty forming teeth. As the teeth at the back begin to form, the child will experience all kinds of things. These might include: inner ear difficulties, fevers, discomfort, and ear aches. To make teething easier for your child, you can give them frozen bagels to chew on. These will allow the child to work on their gums in a gentle manner. This will help the teeth to come through. Motrin or Children’s Tylenol may also be used. These will give the child some sort of comfort. PM Orabase is a typical analgesics which can also help. However, we advice that you do *not* put any form of aspirin directly onto your child’s gums. Your child will experience painful and severe burns on their gums tissue. Please get in contact with us if you have any questions about teething.

Nursing and Bottles at Bedtime.

Never ever give your child a bottle of juice or milk when it is time for them to sleep. Nursing them to sleep should also be avoided. As babies sleep, the production of their saliva will lessen. This will mean that the natural cleaning technique for their teeth will not happen. If the saliva is not there, sugar from the milk or juice will cover the teeth. Such sugars will only get to the bacteria in the child’s mouth. This will develop acid. Once acid has been developed, tooth decay will begin to occur. This is why we advice parents to brush their child’s teeth with water. Do this by using a soft bristled tooth brush. A wash cloth may also be used. Always do this before the child goes to sleep. It should also be done after you have fed them during the night. If a bottle really has to be given to the child, be sure to use flavored water without sugar, or better yet, plain water.

How Should A Toddler’s Teeth or A Baby’s Teeth Be Cleaned?

To clean a toddler or baby’s teeth, simply use a washcloth and water. A toothbrush with soft bristles designed for children may also be used. Never use toothpaste until the child can confidently spit it out and not swallow it. Usually a child will not be able to do this until they are around there years old.

Can Early Orthodontic Evaluations Be Done?

When it comes to your child’s dental development, they will usually be seen by a pediatric dentist. They will evaluate everything to do with their dental condition. This will include the position of their facial bones (also known as potential orthopedic), and the positioning of their teeth (also known as orthodontic). These evaluations will occur every time you visit the pediatric dentist. It is good to be aware that this is quite a normal thing for parents to do. It is not unusual at all.

Is Thumb Sucking Normal? Or Should Children Use A Pacifier?

Pacifiers or thumb sucking can result in orthopedic change. Especially if the child has been doing this for a long time. This however, is not normally a problem until the child has turned four or five years old. It is normal for a child to suck their thumb. Thumb sucking can help the child to relax and become soothed. Thumb sucking should naturally stop when a child becomes more active. It will also stop when they discover that they require both of their hands for activities. These activities may include the following: coloring in, holding toys, climbing on furniture and so on.
The Potential For Dental Emergencies.

There is a reason why a toddler is called a toddler. A coffee table for example, is an ideal height for a toddler to injure their top front teeth in some way. Unfortunately, there are many teeth injuries occur in toddlers. It is a good idea to examine how your furniture has been laid out. Try to see potential hazards that may result in a dental emergency. It is better to be safe than sorry. Always think about safety first. For example, take away items that may have sharp corners on them. Or install safety bumpers. This will safe so much pain and trouble in the long run. Create a safe dental home in advance before something happens. Always have the emergency contact number within easy reach. If facial trauma in your child occurs, always keep calm and go to the dentist. More often than not, a parents assurance is important.

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Happy Children Pediatric Dentistry
4375 Cobb Pkwy SE. Suite 110, Atlanta, GA 30339

Dr. Yoo is an amazing dentist. I’ve taken my kids to Dr. Yoo for 9 years. She is very patient and kind to my children and always makes them feel comfortable. One of my children had cavities on the front teeth, she did white crowns, they looked so natural and beautiful. I won’t take my children to anywhere else.

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