How to prevent tooth decay in children even before birth and what are the best procedures to maintain healthy teeth?

PARENTHOOD

Baby with a toothbrush

How much joy and excitement does a parent feel with the appearance of their child's first tooth? It is certainly a lot. But how much attention do parents actually give for the care of their child's first tooth and for that mater the second? The answer to this question may vary depending on how informed, how knowledgeable and what habits their parent possess.

What is dental decay in childhood:

Dental decay is a bacterial disease caused by microbes and malnutrition. Germs are easily spread from parents to their child. Sugar and starch that our child consume easily remain on their teeth. When germs join with this sugar and starch, acids are produced - capable of destroying tooth enamel and removing calcium.

The beginning of dental decay in children:

From the appearance of the very first tooth, our children are at risk of dental decay. The reason being that if child eats from their manger, during the night, it is very possible that remnants of a sugary liquid from his milk will remain on their teeth and consequently cause great damage. Swallowing and salivation while sleeping are reduced creating greater opportunity for germs to feed, on starchy and sugary residues, producing acids.

When is the right time for proper treatment to prevent caries in the mouth of the child?

Whilst one may find the fact that a mothers dental health during pregnancy and that of their child's post birth are correlated, the reasons are simple. When your child is born they carry no to little bacteria in their saliva that will cause decay. The transmission of these germs happens via a transfer in saliva. For example, if you taste your child's food or if you kiss them on the mouth, you transmit your own germs to your child.

How breastfeeding can affect dental health:

If you breastfeed your baby during the night there is potential to increase the risk of dental decay. Generally, you should know that all types of milk can cause decay, as they contain lactose.

How to clean your child's teeth at night:

  • Do not feed your baby with a pager during the night.
  • Stop the use of the pager after the first year.
  • Brush your child's teeth.
  • Do not replace the pacifier with the pager.
  • Have a preventive visit to the dentist after the first year.

Advice for mothers:

During pregnancy:

  • The oral health of expectant mothers is very important. Brush your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use floss every night.
  • After brushing use mouthwash against gingivitis and other bacteria if your dentist allows you to.
  • Chew xylitol gum has anti-cavity action. By regularly chewing 2-3 pieces of xylitol chewing gum, you will reduce bacteria adhering on your teeth.
  • Do not forget to visit your dentist for cleaning and flouride treatment but also for preventive examination.

When your child is born:

Do not try the child's food before you feed him.Do not kiss him on the lips because you transmit your own germs to your child.Be careful from the beginning, as these simple tips will definitely help you to maintain both you child's and your own dental health.