You should begin cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth erupt. Using gauze or a damp washcloth you should gently wipe the surface of the teeth and gums. You can help your child to learn proper brushing techniques by doing it with them every bedtime until they can properly handle the brushing and flossing themselves.
A very small amount, about the size of a small pea is more than adequate. Children tend to swallow a fair amount of the toothpaste and, over time, this can cause white spots to form on permanent teeth due to the excess of fluoride.
Nursing bottle decay is a pattern of cavities that appear in infants or very young children, often despite a parents best efforts to take care of the teeth. The most common cause is the night-time or naptime bottle containing milk or juice. The liquid itself or the sugary saliva rests in the mouth while the child is sleeping and works away at the enamel of the teeth. If your child needs a bottle at bedtime it should contain only water.
Plaque and food debris trapped between your teeth are the number one source of bad breath. The solution is simple – keep your teeth clean.
Bad breath is a warning sign for gum disease, which attacks the tissue around the jawbone, resulting in wobbly teeth. Dental treatment for these conditions and excellent brushing and flossing techniques can get rid of bad breath and save your teeth!
Mothers-to-be should take special care of their teeth during pregnancy. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can exaggerate some dental disorders, especially gum disease.
- Did you know that pregnant women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low-birth-weight babies?
That is just one of the many reasons why expecting mothers need take care of their teeth during pregnancies by coming in for dental cleanings regularly.