Considering the fact that baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, some parents think the care of them is not necessary. But it is wrong.
The care of baby teeth is as important as permanent teeth because they not only help children in chewing and speaking, they also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth growing under the gums. In addition, decay in baby teeth may increase risk of decay in permanent teeth. Hence, healthy baby teeth can keep the child and their permoment teeth healthy.
Good oral care should start during the first few days after birth. You can use wet washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding.
Tooth decay in infants is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Early Childhood Caries. The decay in baby teeth can occur after first teeth eruption so as soon as teeth appear, they should be taken care of. You can clean them twice a day with wiping the front and back of each of your baby’s teeth by wet clean cloth. It is good to brush your child’s teeth twice daily by a toothbrush (choose a very soft one) when they are prepared. Once your child is 18 months old, you can brush their teeth with little low-fluoride toothpaste no more than a size of grain of rice.
Baby bottle decay often occur in front teeth and is usually caused by exposure to sugary liquids such as milk or juice for a long time. For this reason, you shouldn’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of sugary liquids in their mouth.
Fluoride is important for strengthening teeth enamel and preventing decay. Generally, your child should take fluoride in the format of toothpaste and drink water that contain fluoride.