Oral cavity health is important already in the first few months of a child’s life, following your dentist’s advice.
Specifically, an initial dental check-up is recommended with the appearance of the first milk teeth.
Little ones may feel scared at the dentist so it is important that their first visit is a positive, pleasant and gratifying experience. Indeed the purpose of the initial check up is to rouse interest and reassure your child, for a positive and interesting experience that will make sure they won’t be scared next time they return to the dentist.
The first visit to the dentist is important as you will learn and receive advice on the right actions to carry out:
- How to use a toothbrush and what accessories to use.
- Limit the consumption of sugars: getting your child used to a diet that is low in sugars from the very beginning will help prevent decay. Never add sugar, honey or other sweetening substances, such as fruit juice, to your child’s milk.
- Clean your child’s gums with a damp piece of gauze every day, even if their first milk teeth are yet to erupt.
- When the first milk teeth erupt, at around 6 months, your child may be in constant pain and to relieve it, your dentist may recommend certain specific teething products on the market, which can be “chewed” on. During this phase, it is important to keep the gums clean, as often the pain is not caused by the tooth cutting through the gum, but by small bacterial infections which develop in tiny wounds.
CAN YOU, AND HOW TO PREVENT DECAY IN YOUR CHILDREN?
After a thorough dental check up, your dentist may recommend fissure sealing to prevent the formation of decay. A special material is used to coat back teeth, to help prevent the formation of decay, in occlusal contours in particular.
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