Unlike adults, who have stronger teeth, children have much weaker teeth. Children are much more prone to oral diseases as a result, and therefore they require your undivided attention and help in keeping their oral health safe.
First, let us discuss newborns. Though most newborn children do not have teeth, some are born with natal teeth. If your child does have natal teeth, you do not need to brush your child’s teeth until he is at least eight months old. Until that time, massage the child’s gums and natal teeth gently, using a warm and soft cloth.
Most children experience the eruption of their first four teeth once they turn six months old; this is the same time that children begin having solid foods in their meals. This period is exceptionally critical for your child’s oral health. Monitor your child’s oral health and visit the dentist for your child’s first visit as soon as they turn eight months old. Your dentist will inform you if you should begin brushing the child’s teeth and guide you towards procuring the best toothbrush for your child.
Once your child reaches the age of two, they begin eating candies and chocolates. While a small amount of consumption is acceptable, make sure that the child does not have too many sugary items. The teeth at this point are still weak and easy for cavities to penetrate.
When the child turns six, the first permanent teeth will begin erupting. This is the time when you need to introduce your child to soft-bristled toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste. By the time the child reaches thirteen, most of their permanent teeth would have already arrived.
At Sima Family Dental, Our dentists have great experience in dealing with children. So call us at 281-457-6444 to book your child’s first dental appointment.