Do you know how to take care of your baby’s teeth?
By answering the 8 questions of this quiz you will find out how much you know about the baby’s teeth, and also you will learn some basic facts about your baby’s teeth which can help you to take more care of them.
Baby teeth, generally known as Milk teeth, are crucial for babies and toddlers. Admittedly, it can be said; these teeth are as important as permanent teeth in older children and adults. Different factors affect the time of appearance of the first tooth and vary from baby to other infants. The 20 primary teeth of a baby are found in the jaws at birth and usually appear when a baby is between 6 months and one year and continue to grow till 3 or 4 years of age. Each baby is different, but usually, the first teeth are located on the upper and lower sides of their mouths. The baby tooth remains in the child's mouth until the permanent teeth are ready to come out of the gums. When the permanent teeth are ready to come out, milk teeth make way for them by dropping out. Falling starts at six age with the two front teeth. Between 10 and 13 years of age, a child loses all molar teeth.
Functions of Milk Teeth
Biting and Chewing, Nutrition, Speech, Development of Jawbones and Facial Muscles, and Excellent Oral Health. However, the most crucial role of baby teeth is to maintain the space of our adult teeth until they can grow underneath. If the first teeth are exposed to decay, they may cause the onset of periodontal disease due to the erosion of the ligament, gums, and eventually the bones. Early removal of the primary teeth will cause space and health problems for the permanent teeth.
Milk teeth care
Adding fluoride in the child's diet at six months of age is essential. Fluoride is a mineral that hardens the enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. The good news is that fluoride is often added to tap water. When you start with solid food, give your baby a few ounces of water in a sippy or straw glass.
Avoid dental pills containing belladonna and herbal gel with benzocaine. Belladonna and benzocaine are marketed to alleviate your child's pain, but the FDA has warned of both possible side effects.
If your child has a tooth, you should brush it twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice.
First visit to the dentist
Try having your baby's first dental appointment after the appearance of the first tooth and after the first birthday. It is recommended that you take your child every six months to visit a dentist. The pediatric dentist will ensure that all teeth usually develop and that there are no dental problems. In addition to checking gaps and other issues, the dentist can show you how to clean the child's teeth properly and how to deal with habits such as thumb sucking.