Babies are born with all their teeth but they are hidden in the gums. We can’t see them. They become visible after 6 months. It is very essential to start good oral care even before the first tooth appears. If the gums are healthy then the teeth will also be healthy. Good oral care begins before a baby's first tooth. Kids have all their baby teeth by age 3. These are called primary teeth. Baby teeth start falling out around the age of 6; that's when the permanent teeth start coming in. Gaps between baby teeth are normal. They make room for the permanent teeth. Most permanent teeth come in by age 13. Below are mentioned few tips advised by Dr. Dheeraj Setia, a well-known kids dentist in Gurgaon to keep kid’s teeth healthy and strong. He is the Principal dentist at The Dental Roots, which is a famous dental clinic in South Delhi & Gurgaon.
0 to 2 years:
- Wipe clothes with a washcloth after feeding. This will remove the sticky coating known as plaque that can result in tooth decay.
- Brush teeth twice a day with water and soft bristles toothbrush.
- Schedule the first dental appointment before the first birthday.
3 to 5 years:
- Start using fluoride toothpaste at age 3
- Use only a pea-sized amount. Make sure your child spits it out after brushing.
- Try to break thumb-sucking and pacifier habits by age 4.
- Start visiting your dental team every 6 months.
6 to 9 years:
- Let your child know that it's normal for baby teeth to fall out. That's how "grown-up" teeth come in.
- Until children are able to practice proper oral health habits alone, parents should help their child brush and floss twice a day.
- Always pay special attention to the back teeth, which may have more plaque.
- Children should limit sugary and sticky foods and drinks to protect against tooth decay.
10 to 12 years:
- Require children who play sports to wear a mouth guard to protect their smiles.
- Regular visits to dentists are essential for this age group.
- If there is any need for braces then it can be done in this age group.
- Parents can make the most of their teen's interest in how they look by reminding them that a healthy smile and fresh breath will help them look and feel their best.
- Suggest that teens carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in their purse or gym bag for use during the day