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As parents, one of our responsibilities is to ensure proper dental care to your kids.  Even though those precious baby teeth are going to fall out, they still need good care.  Your child needs dental care like you do too! While there isn't usually an issue with baby teeth, setting a solid foundation for kid's dental care should start young so good habits are formed.  Around the age of six is when kid's teeth first start falling out.  While we tend to focus on the cosmetic features of teeth and our kid's smiles, babies with unhealthy teeth face the trouble while chewing food. With uneven teeth, they also face difficulty in pronouncing words and speaking clearly. Your first visit with a family dentist for your baby though is recommended as soon as your baby shows the signs of the first little tooth which will pop up through his gums. It takes just a few months for few little teeth to be developed into complete rows inside the mouth. Keeping the teeth away from infection and decay is important right from the beginning. Family dentists share some useful tips that can help you in caring for your child's teeth. Here are few of those tips that can help your baby have those shining, white teeth:
  • As a baby, toothbrush and toothpaste cannot be used for cleaning.  In place of a toothbrush, parents can use a moistened washcloth to wipe child's gums with it. Wiping the gums is recommended at least twice a day. Bottle feeding makes the child's teeth more prone to plaque. It is recommended to clean the gums before bedtime so that bacteria do not cause a sticky plaque to develop which can harm the teeth.
  • As the child grows up a bit, you can start training on how to brush their teeth. Make sure that you choose a soft brush for your child's delicate teeth and if you aren't sure, dentists will recommend the right brush for your child after a thorough dental check up. They also offer advice on non-fluoridated toothpaste which is best for the small and gentle teeth. Their guidance will help you to handle the responsibility of cleaning the child's teeth with ease.
  • You should be vigilant and lookout for signals of spots on the teeth. White spots symbolize the early decay of tooth. It is also a sign of upcoming injury to their gums. Regular inspection of child's teeth will help to prevent and cure the spot as soon as they are visible.

Being a partner in the care of their teeth, proper kid's dental care can help your child to get a contagious smile. Author: John Alberts