Mommy's Time Out Magazine March 2017 - Page 18

Did you know ?
Your nutrition and oral health can help your baby ' s teeth even before birth . Baby teeth start developing during the third trimester and the first year . Enamel defects are common with low birthweight or illness in the newborn infant .
Start oral care early and visit the pediatric dentist by the first birthday so that any problems may be detected , treated or even avoided completely .
Start brushing your child ’ s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears . Even if your children are very independent , help them brush . Children do not develop the coordination to do good brushing & flossing until they are about 8 y / o .
Floss your child ' s teeth to avoid cavities in-between teeth . It helps prevent those tricky cavities that can only be seen on X-Rays or once they are big enough to start hurting .
You can spread it by kissing your child on the lips and by sharing food & drinks once the first tooth comes in .
Chewing gum with Xylitol can also help you reduce the amount of plaque and tartar that sticks to the teeth .
Most permanent molars and some primary molars have very deep pits and fissures . Sealants act as a barrier to protect the chewing sides from the acid attack of food and plaque build-up .
Be prepared to prevent a dental injury by using a sports mouthguard .
Some children with oral aversion , sensory defensiveness , hyper-sensitivity to sensory-visual-auditory input or some other healthcare needs require assistance in keeping good oral hygiene habits .
Most adults who fear the dentist report having a negative experience when they were young . Pediatric dentists provide the setting for a positive experience by allowing children to explore dentistry in a non-threatening atmosphere .