Teeny Tiny Teeth and How to Care for Them

by Dr. Yasaman Garakani on April 14, 2016

Teeny Tiny Teeth and How to Care for Them

tiny-teeth.pngLearning you are going to have a child is incredibly exciting! You have so much to look forward to: the first steps, the first word, the first smile. That first smile will be the most adorable set of gums you’ve ever seen, but in no time at all, the smile will contain a tooth or two.

Knowing how to care for your baby’s teeth will keep that smile radiant right into adulthood.

Many are quick to dismiss caring for baby teeth as they will just fall out and be replaced, but baby teeth are very important. These tiny teeth play a role in the development of speech patterns, eating and even guiding adult teeth into place. In fact, babies that lose their teeth prematurely are at risk of needing more complicated dental care as they age. Additionally, when oral care is part of your child’s routine from the get-go, they are much more likely to continue the habit of brushing and flossing on their own.

Here are some ways to care for tiny teeth:

  • Brushing: You can gently brush your baby’s gums and teeth with an infant toothbrush. However, if the child is too small for a toothbrush, use a clean piece of gauze or a facecloth to gently wipe the teeth and gums.

 

  • Toothpaste: When your child is a little older, purchase a fluoride-free child’s toothpaste and follow the guidelines on the box. Children under three should have their teeth brushed by an adult. Children between the ages three and six should be supervised by an adult. Children should use just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and avoid swallowing the paste.

 

  • Imitation: Do you moan and groan about flossing in front of your kids? If so, you are setting them up for failure. Kids are fantastic imitators. If they see you brushing and flossing, they’ll want to do it too (This is why there are play razors for little kids to “shave”, along with cooking sets, toy tools, toy cars, etc.) Set a good example and your little one will be less likely to complain about brushing their own teeth.

 

  • Flossing: Not many people like to floss, but it is a vital component of oral health care. You’ll have to floss your child’s teeth when they are younger and assist them with this step until they are about 10 years old. After that they should be able to handle flossing on their own – but check in now and then to make sure they are doing it correctly.

 

  • Cut down on sugary treats: Sugar is the enemy of health tooth enamel, especially when it comes to sticky treats like candy corn, gummies and taffy. You want to limit the time sugar spends on teeth, so consider “clingy” candies like gummies to be very occasional treats. Rinse or brush your child’s teeth as soon as you can after they have had a sugary treat.

 

When you take care of your child’s teeth, you promote a lifelong healthy habit and assist in their development of speech, chewing and digesting. A little care for those tiny teeth now pays off in a big way in the future.

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