Read on to know more about baby or milk teeth and how to take care of them...
23 July 2019| Last updated on 25 July 2019
Dr. Dina Pediatric Dentistry Clinic is proud to welcome Dr Nazish Mohamad Hussain.
Dr Nazish completed her specialization in Pediatric Dentistry from the prestigious University of Edinburgh, UK. She has also been awarded the Diploma of Membership in Pediatric Dentistry by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. She address some questions about "baby" or "milk" teeth that are frequently asked by parents.
When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
The sooner, the better! Use an infant tooth brush to gently clean your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as they erupt.
Should I use a toothpaste to clean my baby’s teeth?
Yes. Use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste up to 3 years of age. Use a pea sized amount for children older than 3 years.
My baby doesn’t have all his teeth yet, should I still take him to the dentist?
Yes. It is recommended that you should visit a pediatric dentist as the first tooth erupts and certainly before 1 year of age to prevent any dental problems.
My child nurses to sleep. What can I do to prevent decay in his teeth?
Gradually try to stop the habit of nursing to sleep or taking a bottle of sweetened milk to bed. You can dilute the milk until the bottle contains only water. Gently wipe your baby’s teeth with a moist cloth if he/she has any milk after tooth-brushing.
The baby teeth are eventually going to fall out. Are they really important?
Baby teeth are important to allow your child to chew and speak properly. They also maintain space for the adult teeth to erupt in the correct position. Decay in baby teeth can lead to pain and infection that is avoidable.
What can I do to help prevent tooth decay?
Kindly take your children to the dentist regularly for check-ups. Your dentist will make specific recommendations on brushing, flossing or other preventive measures. Good oral hygiene habits at home. Regular dental check-ups and a healthy, balanced diet will ensure that your child remains free of dental decay.
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Authored by Dr Nazish Munir
DDS, DClinDent (Paediatrics), MPaed Dent