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Bad Milk Teeth In Babies Can Lead To Dental Problems In Their Adulthood

Milk Teeth In BabiesMost of modern parents understand the importance of planting the basics of good dental care habits in their kids since the very early age. Knowing and observing the rules of daily dental care and dental hygiene are the key skills for all kids and teenagers of our times, essential for creating a proper environment for healthy teeth development and reducing risks of dental problems in the future. However, some parents are convinced that since milk teeth in babies and children will eventually fall out, it is not too important to take a proper care about them. Thus, such moms and dads do not take their kids to regular dental check-ups, do not teach them brushing their teeth on a daily basis, and do not encourage such kids to learn the basics of dental care.

Undoubtedly, this is not a good approach at all. Our Mother Nature gave us a great gift by giving children a chance to totally renew most of their teeth and learn to take care about their teeth properly. The truth is, milk teeth in babies and children are very vulnerable, they have thinner and more sensitive tooth enamel that leads to much faster decay compared to the teeth of adults. Recently, the UK Government released the findings of a survey, revealing the fact that above 40 per cent of today’s kids in the UK aged below 5 have tooth decay, and 12 per cent of those kids had to go through the procedure of placing tooth filling (some even have more than one filling).

Dr Janet Clarke, an NHS dental care specialist and a spokeswoman for the British Dental Association, recommend all today’s parents pay more attention and make much more efforts on teaching their children cleaning and taking a proper care about their teeth. Usually, the first teeth emerges between the sixth and the ninth months, sometimes a little earlier or later, and it is necessary to start taking a good care about baby’s teeth since the days the teeth started to cut through. ‘At this stage it’s all about getting the child used to the idea and establishing a habit very early on so that it becomes a part of the getting-up and going-to-bed routine,’ Dr. Clarke underlines.

The expert suggests modern parents to start cleaning their milk teeth in babies with the little finger first, and then when more teeth emerge, it is possible to start using special toothpastes with various pleasant tastes and special soft tooth brushes for young children. A parent should closely supervise his or her child brushing teeth, teaching the kid using proper amount of tooth paste (smaller than pea-size for those below 3). For toddlers and young children, Dr. Clarke recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes, but she recommends the parents to pay more attention to more systematic brushing rather than to the duration of each brushing session. Dr Clarke suggests taking the child for the first dental check-up at the age of 2 – 2.5 (by that time, most of the kids already have at least 20 milk teeth) and after that such check-ups should turn into every 6 or 12-months routine.

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