Take good care of your child’s primary teeth.
They do eventually fall out, but until they do, your child’s baby teeth play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food and speak clearly. Baby teeth also save space for the permanent teeth and help guide them into place.
Even before your child gets his or her first tooth, you should wipe your child’s gums with a clean damp gauze or washcloth.
Once your child’s teeth come in, brush them twice a day. Use a soft toothbrush with polished nylon bristles. You can make the bristles even softer by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes.
Begin using fluoridated toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth when the child is 2-years-old. Be careful to use only a small dab of toothpaste (about the size of your child’s pinky fingernail).
Young children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing rather than spit it out. Though it’s uncommon, this can sometimes lead to fluorosis and cosmetic problems in the permanent teeth.
As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day. You can use regular floss or special plastic floss holders.
Talk to your doctor or dentist about fluoride. If your child drinks water that isn’t fluoridated, he or she may need fluoride treatments or supplements.
At some point, your child will want to use the toothbrush. It’s okay to give him or her a turn, but afterward, you should always brush your child’s teeth a second time. Most children won’t be able to brush their teeth well on their own until they are about 8-years-old.
Children who are at high risk for cavities can get sealants placed on their teeth. Dental sealants are plastic coverings that are placed over the grooves of teeth to protect them from decay.
To learn more from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine about caring for your child’s primary teeth, visit: http://www.colgate.com.vn/app/CP/VN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Oral-Care-for-Children/article/Your-Childs-Mouth.cvsp#Caring_for_Primary_Teeth