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How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth
When your child has his or her first tooth emerge, it is an exciting time. It is time to find a kid’s dentist at that point
and arrange for your first dental visit with your child. However, if your child hasn’t had any baby teeth emerge by
the time they’re getting close to 6 months of age, then it is probably time to schedule that first dental visit anyway.
That way, your dentist can have a look at things and make sure that everything is developing normally.
One of the jobs for those in pediatric dentistry is to help teach parents how to care for the emerging teeth their child
is growing. Until your child becomes old enough to start looking after their own dental hygiene, the onus is on the
team of the parents, and us to provide there pediatric dentistry care! Dr. Soordhar, your kid’s dentist, will certainly
walk you through anything that you need to know in great detail and here are some things to consider in the
meantime.
1.

Start Cleaning Early
Once your child has a single tooth emerge, it is time to start cleaning it. You (or at least, you should!) clean your
own teeth twice a day, and your child’s teeth should be no different. To start with, you don’t even need to use a
toothbrush. Instead, just use a clean cloth or piece of gauze and some water to wipe the teeth clean for your infant
after feeding them milk.
2. Graduating to a Toothbrush
Deciding when it is time to use a toothbrush is a decision that you should make with the help of your dentist Dr
Soordhar. You can talk about it during your child’s first dental visit. Factors that influence when to start with a
toothbrush involve how many teeth have erupted, and the risk of tooth decay in your child’s baby teeth and the
family history of getting cavities.
3. Things to Watch For
Dr. Soordhar provide pediatric dentistry care for your child that is beyond just fixing teeth.
There are a few things that you should keep a watchful eye out for.

1.

Thumb sucking habits or object sucking habits (ex. blanket, toys, etc)

2.

Any abnormalities in teeth development such as:



No spaces between the baby teeth (normally baby teeth have spaces between them)



Crowding



One tooth stuck behind the other



Adult teeth have not come in yet or baby teeth have not fallen out



Teeth Grinding / Flattening of teeth



Abnormal facial development such as:

1.

Overbite (lower jaw and lower teeth are really behind the upper jaw and upper teeth)



Underbite (lower jaw and lower teeth are infront of the upper jaw and upper teeth)



Deepbite (the lower teeth cannot be seen)



Buck teeth (top teeth are too far forward)

3. Crossbite (the upper front or back teeth are inside the lower teeth teeth)
Example of a crossbite for a teenager

Example of a crossbite for a child

1.

Openbite (front teeth do not touch)



Teeth Grinding / Flattening of teeth

1.

Child snoring is not normal and can be related to abnormal facial development. Signs to look out for children
snoring, children sleep apnea or children sleep related breathing disorders:



enlarged tonsils and adenoids



frequent ear infections and/or tubes in ears



frequent colds or respiratory (chest infections)

1.

bedwetting

2.

sleep talking

3.

sleep walking

4.

poor sleeper or moves around alot at night in bed

5.

night terrors

6.

hyperactivity

7.

trouble focusing in school
If you’re having any of these problems, don’t be afraid to come in and talk it over with the experts!


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