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ORAL HYGIENE : How to Clean a Baby's Gums

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The road to your baby's first birthday is full of milestones, from solid foods to first steps.

But it's the most picture-worthy milestone – your child's first smile – that reflects the importance of good oral health even before his or her baby teeth erupt.

Even before your baby sports his first tooth, it's a good idea to get into the habit of wiping his gums with gauze or a soft wet washcloth during bath time.

You don't need to use any toothpaste yet. Simply wrap the cloth or gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over his gums.

Bacteria in the mouth usually can't harm the gums before the teeth emerge, but it can be hard to tell when the teeth are starting to push through, so you'll want to start early.

Getting your baby used to having his mouth cleaned as part of his daily routine should make it easier to transition into toothbrushing later on, too.

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Although clamp and scissors are used in this video, alternatively, a laser can also be used. Keep in mind, video is for release and NOT frenulectomy.

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ORAL HYGIENE : How to prevent tooth decay in children?

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Tooth decay, also known as dental cavities or caries, is the most common dental problem amongst children.

It can cause painful holes (cavities) in your teeth.

Cavities usually need to be drilled and then filled to keep the tooth decay from getting worse.

But doing certain things can help to prevent the need for treatment in the first place.

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is by regularly brushing your teeth and strengthening them with fluoride.

Sticking to a healthy diet and not eating too much candy or sweets is also good for your teeth. Last but not least, dental check-ups can help detect and treat tooth decay early on.

Read Also: What is Early Childhood Caries ?

Tooth decay is mainly caused by bacteria in the plaque that coats your teeth, and by too much sugar in your diet.

So limiting your consumption of sugary foods, drinks, candies and gum is one way to prevent tooth decay.

Eating sweet things every once in a while is perfectly fine, though, as long as you still take good care of your teeth.

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What Are The Normal Ages For Teeth Falling Out?

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Many parents worry that their children’s teeth are not falling out on time. At what age should the first baby tooth be lost?

When should the last one fall out? Is there a predictable order?

The first baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) to come in are usually the lower central incisors around the age of six months.

The last baby teeth to show up are the upper second primary molars, and they appear between 30 and 36 months of age.

There are normally 20 baby teeth by the time a child reaches age 3. These primary teeth then remain unchanged for about three years.

Not much happens to the baby teeth between 3 and 6 years of age. Between 6 and 8 years however, there is a flurry of activity as kids normally lose eight primary teeth in rapid succession.

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Between age 8 and age 10 there is another two-year pause that catches many parents by surprise since they have become accustomed to teeth being lost left and right.

Although there are always exceptions, there is a basic sequence for the loss of the baby teeth. The upper and lower front four teeth are usually lost between the ages of 6 and 8. This typically begins around age 6 with the lower central incisors followed by the upper central incisors.

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ORAL HEALTH : What type of dental work is safe to do during pregnancy?

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In between trips to the doctor, hospital tours and setting up the nursery, don’t let visiting the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before your baby comes.

Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health.

Not only can you take care of cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings before your baby is born, but your dentist can help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing.

Even if you only think you might be pregnant, let your dental office know.

Tell them how far along you are when you make your appointment. Also let your dentist know about the medications you are taking or if you have received any special advice from your physician.

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If your pregnancy is high-risk or if you have certain medical conditions, your dentist and your physician may recommend that some treatments be postponed.

Although many women make it nine months with no dental discomfort, pregnancy can make some conditions worse – or create new ones. Regular checkups and good dental health habits can help keep you and your baby healthy.

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ORAL HYGIENE: Brushing a baby's teeth

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After weeks of watching your baby drool and fuss, you finally spot that first little tooth bud popping up through the gums.

Over the next couple of years, your baby's gummy smile will gradually be replaced by two rows of baby teeth.

Baby teeth may be small, but they're important.

They act as placeholders for adult teeth. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly.

That's why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is so important.

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ORAL HEALTH : Tongue tie

Tongue tie

Tongue-tie occurs when the thin piece of skin under the baby's tongue (the lingual frenulum) restricts the movement of the tongue.

In some cases the tongue is not free or mobile enough for the baby to attach properly to the breast.

Tongue-tie occurs in about 5% of people. It is three times more common in males than females and can run in families. Some babies with tongue-tie are able to attach to the breast and suck well.

However, many have breastfeeding problems, such as nipple damage, poor milk transfer and low weight gains in the baby, and recurrent blocked ducts or mastitis due to ineffective milk removal.

Read Also: Tips for Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

A baby needs to be able to cup the breast with his tongue to be able to remove milk from the breast well. If the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth, the baby cannot do this as well.

The baby may not be able to open his mouth wide enough to take in a full mouthful of breast tissue.

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TOOTH DECAY: How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (like milk, formula, and fruit juice) cling to an infant's teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and make acids that attack the teeth.

At risk are children whose pacifiers are frequently dipped in sugar or syrup.

Giving an infant a sugary drink at nap time or nighttime is particularly harmful because the flow of saliva decreases during sleep.

Although baby bottle tooth decay typically happens in the upper front teeth, other teeth may also be affected.

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Think baby teeth are temporary, and therefore, not important? Think again. Baby teeth are necessary for chewing, speaking, and smiling. They also serve as placeholders for the adult teeth.

If baby bottle tooth decay is left untreated, pain and infection can result. Severely decayed teeth may need to be removed.

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ORAL HEALTH : What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

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Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (like milk, formula, and fruit juice) cling to an infant's teeth for a long time.

Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and make acids that attack the teeth. At risk are children whose pacifiers are frequently dipped in sugar or syrup.

Giving an infant a sugary drink at nap time or nighttime is particularity harmful, as the flow of saliva decreases during sleep.

Although baby bottle tooth decay typically happens in the upper front teeth, other teeth may also be affected.

Think baby teeth are temporary, and therefore, not important? Think again. Baby teeth are necessary for chewing, speaking, and smiling.

Read Also: Oral health and pregnancy

They also serve as placeholders for the adult teeth. If baby bottle tooth decay is left untreated, pain and infection can result. Severely decayed teeth may need to be removed.

If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged adult teeth. In addition, the chances that adult teeth will end up being crooked are greatly increased.

The good news is that a few simple steps can help stave off baby bottle tooth decay.



What you NEED to KNOW about GUM DISEASE in children !!


A gum disease is an inflammation of bone and tissues that support’s your child’s teeth.

It is also popular as periodontal disease. If a gum disease doesn’t receive appropriate medical attention, your child’s teeth may become loose and fall out eventually.

So check out with a dentist as soon as you discover your child suffering from a gum disease.

Gum disease in kids occurs due to the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, invisible layer of germs that develop on your child’s gums and teeth naturally.

Plaque possesses bacteria producing toxins, which irritate, harm, and damage his gums. Every day hundreds of bacteria thrive in his mouth. So brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is important to maintain good oral health.

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Can poor ORAL HYGIENE affect your newborn's health ?

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Bacteria from a mother's mouth can be transmitted through the blood and amniotic fluid in the womb to her unborn child.

This could contribute to the risk of a premature delivery, a low birth-weight baby, premature onset of contractions, or infection of the newborn child.

This evidence could have an important implication for women and babies' heath since simple improvement of dental hygiene may help to reduce the incidence of unknown complications in pregnancy and newborn babies.

But you aren't doomed to have dental problems when you're pregnant.

Keeping your mouth healthy before and during your pregnancy will improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. And if you have a healthy mouth, it's more likely that your baby will as well.

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ORAL HEALTH : How Can Dental Health Affect Pregnancy?

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Dental health is more important during pregnancy than ever.

Learn about oral health and how prenatal tooth decay, bleeding gums, and gum disease can affect your baby before and after birth. Pregnant women are more prone to tooth decay (dental caries), bleeding gums, and chronic gum infection (periodontal disease).

Poor dental health not only affects you, but can also have an impact on your baby.

Studies have linked infection of the gums in pregnant women to premature birth, and if a woman has ongoing tooth decay after the birth, her baby may acquire bacteria directly from her saliva, leading to tooth decay in the child later on.

It's therefore important that you take care of your teeth during pregnancy and visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly.

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To keep your mouth healthy during pregnancy, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day.

Routine dental treatment and some local anesthetics are safe in pregnancy, although it's better to postpone elective dental treatments until after pregnancy or take care of them before pregnancy.

Many women worry about having their teeth x-rayed in pregnancy. The radiation exposure from dental X-rays is minimal and the risk to your baby probably negligible. However, dentists will take every precaution to minimize your radiation exposure, covering you with a leaded apron before the X-rays.

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5 tips to help maintain healthy teeth and gums in babies and small children

As soon as the first tooth appears, parents should be thinking about their baby’s oral hygiene.

As they get older, parents should teach their kids about how to maintain healthy teeth.

Good oral health is vital to your child’s overall health.

Gum disease is identified as a risk factor for heart and lung disease, diabetes and a number of other conditions.

Whether it’s to prevent disease or just to maintain a great smile, follow these helpful tips to keep your child’s teeth and gums in shape.

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1. Use Fluoride (a “vitamin for your teeth”). Fluoride is a chemical added to toothpaste and most public drinking water supplies (not present in bottled water).

It strengthens tooth enamel and helps repair early damage to teeth. Make sure to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush. Check with your pediatrician about fluoride content in your water supply and the need for fluoride drops and varnish.

2. Brush, brush, brush! (And floss, too.) You may begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. For children less than 12 months of age, use a soft washcloth.

Between 12 and 24 months, brush your child’s teeth twice daily, preferably after breakfast and before bed, using water. For children over 24 months, use an appropriately-sized toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste (pea-sized amount).

You may begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as two teeth are touching each other.

3. Maintain a healthy diet. Offer your child a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods. Limit juice intake to once a day, and do not offer other sugary drinks. Pediatric dentists emphasize that they prefer your children to chew their fruit, not drink it.

4. Avoid putting your child to bed with bottles and sippy cups. Never put your child to bed with a bottle, sippy cup or food, as this causes the teeth to be exposed to sugars for prolonged periods of time.

Teaching your child to drink from a cup earlier is important because cups are less likely to cause the liquid to collect around the teeth. If your child likes to take a bottle or sippy cup to bed, fill it with water.

5. Schedule regular dental check-ups. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants receive an oral health assessment by 6 months of age. Infants at high risk of tooth decay should see a dentist by 12 months of age. All children should have a dental exam by a dentist in the early toddler years.

Through a simple dental examination, dentists can be the first to notice a situation that may require medical attention. The beginning stages of osteoporosis, certain cancers, eating disorders and other diseases may show their first signs through bad breath or unhealthy gums and teeth.

Consult with your physician or dentist if you notice red, swollen or bleeding gums, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, changes in the color of your child's tooth enamel, sensitivity to hot or cold or loose teeth​​​​.
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What Your Dentist Wants You To Know About Your Child's First Visit

Just getting your toddler to brush their teeth can be a challenge, but taking them to the dentist for the first time can seem even more daunting.

A little bit of preparation can make all the difference, so keeping what your dentist wants you to know about your child’s first visit in mind is step one in being ready. (Step two? Get some caffeine.)

Romper spoke with pediatric dentist Dr. Lorra Cantú Lindsey from AOMS Pediatric Dentistry in Amarillo, Texas, who says preparation for your child’s first dental visit should really start with their oral hygiene routine after their first tooth comes in. “Start with brushing the tooth for about 30 seconds twice a day, and then slowly transition to two minutes," Lindsey says.

To instill good oral hygiene habits, Lindsey also recommends praising your child on a job well done after brushing, and suggests making oral hygiene fun by letting your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste and maybe even getting a little creative. “Create a game to play during brushing and flossing time, or create a chart that gives the children stickers after they brush their teeth for the whole two minutes.”

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Once you have your brushing routine down, it’s time to schedule your first dental appointment, which Lindsey says should be six months after the first tooth grows in, followed by regular dental visits every six months after that. “It’s important to start children on a regular dental schedule early,” explains Lindsey. "This sets them up for optimal dental health and helps prevent dental anxiety.”

When you get to the dentist’s office, Lindsey notes that it’s a good rule of thumb to arrive a little early so you have time to fill out any needed paperwork. She suggests bringing along any medical or dental insurance information, including a list of your child’s allergies.

“At the first visit at our pediatric dental practice, we always like to discuss the child's detailed medical history and drug allergies,” says Lindsey. "We then address any dental concerns the parents may have prior to the exam.”

Depending on your child’s age, your dentist may need to get specific X-rays. When the exam is done, they will likely go on to educate you about proper oral hygiene, specifically flossing and brushing at least twice a day and using fluoride toothpaste.

She says that over usage of sippy cups or bottles, and constant snacking of high carb foods can lead to interproximal tooth decay, so depending on your child’s case, your dentist may suggest dietary changes or additional fluoride if needed.

What if your child is totally terrified about going to the dentist? Lindsey says she encourages parents to be calm, positive, and enthusiastic regarding their child's dental visit, because children can pick up on their parent's nervous vibes. To ease your child's anxiety, she says you can also use various children's books and television shows that depict expectations at the dentist's office, like the Berenstain Bears series.

Lindsey says that dentists will often try to make a child's first visit fun and happy, with lots of positive reinforcement and a reward at the end. "Even if a visit does not go as smoothly as we would like, we continue to encourage and cheer the patient on, and a prize afterwards always puts a smile on their faces," she says.

Finding a pediatric dentist that is a good fit for you and your child, along with getting an early start on a good brushing routine, can make your child’s dental journey easier to chew on. The first visit may not be easy, but it's worth it.

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If I floss during PREGNANCY, will bacteria get in my blood stream and harm my baby?

It's very important to make sure you take care of your teeth and mouth while you're pregnant because certain conditions that happen in your mouth can actually affect your pregnancy. 

It's very important that you get your teeth cleaned and that you're seen by your dentist during your second trimester. 

In fact, specifically studies have shown that it's best if you get your teeth cleaned between 22 and 26 weeks of pregnancy. 




DENTAL HEALTH : The importance of maintaining dental health during pregnancy

Pregnancy should be a joyful time, but it won't be if you're experiencing pregnancy toothache or gum issues. 

The important thing is to communicate with your dentist before, during and after pregnancy, and especially if you have infection or toothache during pregnancy. 


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ORAL HEALTH : Pregnancy and Infant Oral Care

Your dental health can suffer during your pregnancy. 

It is also important to look after both your and your baby's dental health in the early months of your baby's life to help make sure you both have healthy mouths in the future. 

There may also be a link between good gum health and good birth outcomes: for example, you may be less likely to have your baby early if you have healthy gums.