Babies and Toddlers: Teething and Dental Health
When caring for babies and toddlers, don’t underestimate the importance of teething and dental health. In fact, caring for baby teeth is just as important as caring for adult teeth. Baby teeth prepare the way for adult teeth to erupt through the gums. If they decay or are removed too early, orthodontic treatment is necessary to make space for the adult teeth to come through.
Government organizations provide recommendations for dental cleaning and exams. The first dental exam should be scheduled by the child’s first birthday. Dental exams and cleanings are recommended every six months. Some children may require more frequent visits to maintain oral health.
Diet is an important part of maintaining dental health in babies and toddlers. For example, parents should provide nutritious snacks and save sugary treats for special occasions. Also, it’s important to avoid putting a child to bed with a bottle of juice, milk or formula, which can cause cavities.
Children may need orthodontic care to prevent or correct problems involving the teeth, jaws or bite. If braces are used, parents should follow recommendations to help eliminate or reduce dental health problems.