After the trauma of teething is over, the main problem infants and children have with their teeth is cavities. But just like adults, children can also get gum disease when the gums that hold their teeth in place get infected.
The best practice for preventing gum disease (and cavities) in children is establishing good dental hygiene habits early. Children can begin using toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth at 12 months old. When the gaps between your child’s teeth close, flossing should be introduced as well. Check your child’s mouth for signs of periodontal disease including bleeding, swollen, bright red, or receding gums. Most importantly, serve as a good role model by practicing good dental hygiene yourself and scheduling regular dental visits for your child and yourself.
While primary teeth are strong, they are susceptible to damage just like adult teeth. Furthermore, since babies have a tendency to put things in their mouth that should not necessarily go in there, protecting your child’s teeth from damage is important. The following are some tips to help protect your child’s teeth:
- To prevent your child’s head from crashing about, always use infant car seats and seat belts when you drive.
- Babies will chew on almost anything, so keep them away from hard things that could crack their new teeth.
- Children fall a lot as they are learning to walk. Teeth can crack, break, become loose, or even get knocked out in one of these falls. See your dentist immediately if any tooth damage occurs.
If you have questions about your child’s teeth, you can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help.