Children's oral care is of great significance and affects a person's oral health throughout his life. In addition to the congenital development of the oral cavity, the oral health of children is also closely related to the general health, and it also includes acquired factors, that is, good eating habits, good oral hygiene habits, regular oral examinations, and prevention of accidental oral injuries, etc. . Good oral care should be done from the time the baby is born. Before the baby's deciduous teeth erupt, certain factors may affect the appearance and health of the baby's teeth in the future.
A baby’s teeth usually grow out when they are about six months old. At this time, general oral health care, such as brushing and flossing, is not necessary. But babies also have special oral health care requirements. These are what you need to know about when you are new parents, including preventing baby bottle decay, and ensuring that your baby uses enough fluoride.
How to do oral care for children?
If you want to do a good job of oral care for your child, you should pay attention to feeding warm water frequently when breastfeeding. Regardless of whether breast milk or powdered milk is being fed, the habit of feeding water after the baby’s milk is dry and sucking water regularly between the milks must be developed so that the remaining milk in the oral cavity can be washed away. Especially when children have fever or infection, they should be fed warm water frequently. At the same time, the hygiene of the nipples and milk utensils must be strictly maintained, and the cleanliness of the mother's nipples is also very important.
Don't pick "horse teeth". On the mucosa of the incisional margin of the neonate’s gingival, rice-like yellow-white protrusions are sometimes seen, which are caused by accumulation of epithelial cells or swelling of mucous glands, commonly known as "horse teeth", which can disappear on their own. Do not wipe or pick to prevent erosion , Infection, and even sepsis.
When the child can brush his teeth, brush his teeth in the morning and evening, and rinse his mouth after meals. When brushing your teeth, choose a convenient, comfortable, and well-lit place, so that your child can brush his teeth in a comfortable and stable position. Be careful not to use toothpaste when brushing your teeth before the child is three years old, because the baby is too young to eat toothpaste by mistake. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Be lighter when brushing your baby's teeth.
The benefits of oral care for children
It is very important for babies to take good oral care in childhood, and there are many benefits. In addition to the healthy growth of teeth and the clean and beautiful teeth of your baby, you can also enjoy a variety of delicious foods, including meat, fruits, and so on. Good chewing can strengthen the strength of the gums, promote saliva secretion, participate in the digestive process, and have a sterilizing effect on the teeth. Although the color and hardness of the teeth are affected by genetics, the acquired care also has a great impact, depending on our dental health and eating habits. Complete and healthy deciduous dentition can perform normal chewing function, can guarantee the normal growth and development of permanent teeth and maxillofacial bones, help children's language pronunciation, guide permanent teeth to erupt normally, and enable children to obtain health and use permanent teeth for life.
Caries is a common disease in children’s oral cavity. If it is not treated in time, it will easily spread to the dental pulp, causing pulpitis or apical periodontitis, affecting the replacement of deciduous teeth of the secondary permanent teeth, and even affecting the growth and development of the jaws. It may also cause reduced digestion and nutritional imbalances, leading to slow growth and development of children.