Whether you’ve just recently had a baby, are thinking about having one, or have had a child for several months, there’s quite a bit of information you need to know about their dental health. Making sure that they have happy and healthy teeth now will help ensure that they have straight and healthy teeth as adults. What do you need to know about baby teeth? What steps do you need to take to protect their oral health? Here is a children’s oral health Q&A to help you out.
As your baby’s teeth come in, it’s normal for them to be irritable, sleepless, and fussy. They can also begin to lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Symptoms that are not normal are rashes, fever, and diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
If your child is 3 years or younger, brush their teeth twice a day using only a smear of toothpaste that’s equal to the size of a grain of rice.
Don’t share utensils or clean their pacifier with your tongue. Your saliva contains bacteria that can quickly cause cavities and tooth decay for your child.
Why so soon? As soon as their teeth erupt, they are susceptible to cavities. If they haven’t erupted any teeth before their first birthday, take them to the dentist.
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