Care of the childrens teeth should start at an early
age. DENTAL CLINIQUE can ensure that todays children
can grow up without any decay (holes) in their teeth, but
they need help from their parents and the dentist. Early and
continuing care is necessary to ensure a lifetime of good
dental health for children.
BEFORE BABYS FIRST TOOTH
Since baby (primary) teeth begin forming before birth a well
balanced diet providing all the nutrients your body needs
is necessary for the development of your babys healthy
A balanced diet is achieved by eating a variety of foods from
all the different food groups; including meats, fish, dairy
foods, fresh fruits, vegetables and cereals. There is no evidence
that the normal balanced diet of a young woman need be any
different during pregnancy.
Even before the first tooth is present you should check your
babys mouth from time to time to make sure everything
TAKING CARE OF BABY TEETH
Baby teeth can develop holes from the first time
they begin to appear (usually between 6 and 10 months of age).
Baby teeth are important to your childs future dental
These teeth are also important for proper chewing and eating,
to provide space for the second (permanent) teeth and guide
them into position, and to allow normal development of the
jawbones and muscles. They also affect the development of
speech and add to an attractive appearance of your baby.
NURSING BOTTLE MOUTH
Nursing bottle mouth is the dental condition that can destroy
the teeth of an infant or young child. The condition is caused
by the frequent exposure of the childs teeth, for long
periods of time, to liquids containing sugars. Among these
liquids are milk formula, fruit juices and other sweetened
liquids. All types of sugars found in these liquids can cause
bacteria in plaque to produce acids.
However its not just what is put into your childs
bottle that is important but how often and for how
long a time. You should be aware of the danger of offering
your child a bottle containing these liquids very frequently
between meals as a pacifier. Likewise allowing your child
to fall asleep with a bottle during naps or at night can do
serious harm to your babys teeth.
HOW TO PREVENT NURSING BOTTLE MOUTH
Sometimes it is not realised that a babys teeth are
able to become decayed as soon as they appear in the mouth.
By the time decay is noticed it may be too late to save your
childs teeth. This can be prevented from happening by
learning how to protect them by following a few simple rules:
- Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing
milk formula, fruit juices, or sweetened liquids.
- If your child needs a comforter between regular feeds,
at night, or during naps, fill a feeding bottle with cool
TOOTH CARE AT HOME FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Parents should be responsible for cleaning the teeth during
the early years and for checking that teeth are cleaned regularly
and property throughout childhood. When the first teeth show
begin by using a child-size toothbrush with a straight handle
and soft, round bristles. You may prefer to use a clean gauze
pad or washcloth to clean these first teeth.
Brushing should be done at some point during the day and,
most importantly, before bedtime. Brush your childs
teeth thoroughly, making sure to get all the food and debris
off the tops and sides.
Starting early with regular home dental care is important
in looking after your childrens teeth and helps them
develop good habits that will continue when they are old enough
to do the job alone or with minimal supervision.
FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
We recommend that you bring your baby or infant with you at
your normal regular maintenance visit. This is their first
introduction to our environment. We like to encourage them
to explore, touch and hear. When they are ready they will
have their first ride on the chair. This gradual,
friendly introduction leaves a positive impression in the
All too often we hear parents commenting on the fact that
the Dentist might take their teeth out if they eat too
many sweets These negative images should be avoided,
as children do not understand adult humour and reason.
TOOLS FOR PREVENTION
Much has changed since todays parents were children.
Great improvements have been made in reducing dental decay.
With new ways to prevent decay, dentists believe all children
can grow up without tooth decay with both proper care at home
and regular trips to the dentist.
One of the most important and effective ways of preventing
tooth decay is fluoride, which combines with tooth enamel
to make the tooth more resistant to decay. It is estimated
that the use of fluoride can reduce dental decay by up to
50% leading to healthier teeth.
Dentists advise the use of fluoride toothpastes for children
which should be used twice daily. Today over 95% of all toothpastes
Some community water supplies contain fluoride either naturally
or added in very small amounts, which will also help to protect
DENTAL Clinique may advise additional fluoride treatments
such as sealants, mouth rinses and fluoride tablets if your
childs teeth are very prone to tooth decay.
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