Strong and healthy teeth are an essential part of child health. Before they are born, children's teeth begin to grow. There are two types of teeth: permanent and milk teeth.
The development of permanent teeth is dependent on milk teeth. It is important to take care of them. Because milk teeth are so small, any decay on primary teeth is a concern. Also, some children have a problem of thumb/finger sucking which needs to be taken care of.
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Six years old is the usual age when permanent teeth begin to emerge. Adults can have as many as 32 permanent teeth. The majority of permanent teeth will emerge by the time an adult turns 13. Permanent teeth are pressed on the roots of milk teeth.
Children with multiple needs may need more frequent care and evaluations. Baby's teeth should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth or a baby toothbrush.
Fluoride toothpaste should be used twice daily to brush your child's teeth. Avoid giving your baby a bottle of toothpaste and make sure to check the teeth for any stains or spots. A healthy diet is a key to good dental health.
Sugar can cause tooth decay and stick to teeth. Make sure to eat healthy snacks and foods. Avoid sugary and candy. To remove tartar and plaque buildup, brush your child's teeth at least twice a day.
Never allow your child to drink milk or juice from a cup or bottle. Because of the decreased swallowing during sleep, sugars from these liquids can sit on the teeth and cause serious decay.
Another good tip for dental health is to not give your child milk, formula, or juice. It is also a good idea to have your teeth cleaned by a professional and get fluoride treatments.