Teeth of milk, take care of it!
Do not “drop” his little milk teeth on the pretext that they will fall! It is imperative to take proper care of them, for their good health also depends on the final teeth.
Why care for milk teeth?
- The dentition of milk is not so temporary as that. Your child will develop definitively dentition only gradually, between 6 and 12 years: so to speak that it needs solid teeth of milk!
- Caries can appear very early. It is not always known, but it is an infectious disease, due to bacteria that need food to grow and, greedy, they particularly like the sweet residues that remain on the teeth. The sugar-bacteria mixture then leads to the production of acids that attack enamel and dentin (substance present under enamel) and cause decay.
- Untreated, decay can create a nerve infection and weaken the definitive tooth already in formation. It can also, by gnawing the tooth, reduce its size and reduce the space necessary for the correct thrust of the last tooth. Consequence: problems of orthodontics a few years later and the obligation to wear a device to put all this on a plumb and have a beautiful smile.
How to preserve them?
- Avoid sucking his spoon. Most of the time, it is the mothers who transmit their bacteria to the child, for example by tasting the food before giving it to them, or by blowing on the spoon to cool it. Of course, an irreproachable oral hygiene will also avoid this contamination.
- Attach two brushes per day: this is the minimum required, with a special mention for the evening, essential. Even though the ideal would be a brushing three times a day.
- Choose a suitable brush. With twenty teeth of milk, your toddler now needs an effective tool: offer him a flexible model with a small head (and change it as soon as the hairs curl). Before 7-8 years, a child does not have the dexterity to brush your teeth well, but you can encourage him to do it himself, under your control.
- Give the toothpaste a good dose. “I want toothpaste like you!” The reply is unstoppable, to the play of imitation, he has understood everything. However, ask your dentist for advice and opt for a toothpaste adapted to his age, yours being too strongly dosed in fluoride. Also, up to 4 years, your child will not know how to spit it out. Also, prefer a paste or gel to a liquid toothpaste that it may swallow. Moreover, a little pea is enough!
Teeth of milk, attention to sugar
- To protect the teeth, avoid prolonged contact with sugar. It is not easy because it is hidden in most foods: milk (maternal or industrial), fruits, fruit juices, bread, cereals and even chips!
- For this new habit to be useful, it is no longer a question of drinking a bottle of milk, juice or eating anything after brushing: otherwise, return to the toothpaste box! A reflex to apply throughout the day: at each nibble, a peak of acidity occurs in the mouth and increases the risk of decay. Reducing the number of snacks to two or three a day helps protect your teeth!
- To encourage and comfort him with these privations, offer him a sweet after the meal. A glass of water to prevent it from sticking to the teeth and your gourmand will wait without damage the next brushing.
Brushing your teeth, child’s play!
Teach him how to do it in three funny steps:
On the molars, we make the little train: the brush passes and passes over the teeth to the horizontal.On the canines and the incisors, one draws round with the brush.Between the teeth, one uses the technique of the key: the impurities hidden in the interstices are detached and, at the same time, the gums are slightly massed.
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