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Healthy Baby Teeth Can Ensure Healthy Permanent Teeth

>> Aug 1, 2017

Baby teeth are the very first set of teeth infants start to grow as early as six months old. The majority of children grow a full set of teeth, or more precisely, a set of baby teeth by the time they reach the age of three. However, infant and toddler teeth are at high risk of decay from the very beginning of their existence, which is why it is essential that these teeth are taken care of as soon as they emerge.

According to Research Gate, in Indonesia, 27.8% of children aged 5 to 9 years do not brush their teeth, which poses a grave dental health problem and can have a negative health impact, as well as emotional, and social effects in the long run. As a final resort, one of the most common occurrences in a great number of cases is the removal of bad baby teeth, due to the severity of the decay. Although it might seem like a good and only solution, one of the drawbacks of premature loss of baby teeth is the lack of guidance of permanent teeth, as confirmed by one of the leading oral care centers - Colgate. Consequently, this results in misaligned permanent teeth and even gum irritation that can cause unpleasant pain and discomfort in the child’s adulthood.

What can parents do to help prevent the decay of baby teeth?

Even though it might sound like a cliché, brushing teeth on a regular basis will keep them clean and healthy. Parents should pay attention to their baby’s oral hygiene soon after birth; this means that even before the very first baby tooth pushes through, parents should rub their baby’s gums with a soft wet gauze at least once a day. Once the baby’s first teeth push through, a soft toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste will suffice to ensure their healthy growth and longevity.

Naturally, no parent should expect their toddler to master this routine at an early age, which is why they should continually assist their young ones during the process. Furthermore, besides the practice of regularly brushing teeth (at least twice a day), parents should also pay close attention to their child’s calcium intake, as it can greatly contribute to their dental health. According to Jakarta Globe, Indonesians consume only about 12 liters of milk per year, which is, needless to say, an insufficient amount. However, this problem is being addressed, and statistics on Ca+ consumption in Indonesia is expected to significantly improve in no time, which will naturally also benefit the overall oral health in the nation.

When should a child go for their first dental check-up?

A great number of parents make the mistake of waiting for the child’s first dental visit until he or she starts school, or till they are in severe pain due to tooth decay. To avoid such an inconvenience, make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as the first baby teeth appear, and continue regular visits to your dentist. Ideally, your child should go for a check-up every 5 to 6 months. Furthermore, make sure that you do not wait until the tooth is beyond saving, but address the problem as soon as it arises.

Preserving your child’s baby teeth matters. It might take some extra time and financial investment, but it is definitely worth it, as it will help you and your young one avoid a tremendous amount of worry and (oral) health problems in the future.

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