Your child’s teeth begin forming before birth. The time and frequency of when teeth come through the gum line vary depending on the child. Here is a general timeline of when you can expect your child’s teeth to erupt, and fall out.
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Cavities are no fun for anyone, but they can be especially detrimental to the oral health of your children. Talking about cavity prevention with your children blatantly is not necessarily the best option – we all know that without keeping the conversation fun or creating an interesting activity around the discussion, kids have a lower chance of retaining the information they need to prevent a cavity. To ensure the message of preventing a cavity is loud and clear, try these out-of-the-box tips.
Sitting your children down to discuss cavity prevention may carry more weight if you center the conversation on the future. For instance, explaining the negative effects of not brushing and flossing correctly or often can have more impact if you talk about the detrimental effects of untreated issues like a cavity, including loss of permanent teeth, rotting teeth that have to be pulled or constant pain from cavities. If you think appealing to their vanity may be meaningful, showing pictures of unhealthy mouths with missing or rotten teeth can do the trick. These discussions and images have a greater chance of sticking with your children, and work as a motivator to keep up good dental hygiene habits and avoid cavities.
Treating your children with rewards and incentives is a powerful way to encourage continuous good behavior. This principle of parenting works well when it comes to oral health and cavity prevention as well. After a successful trip to the dentist where no cavities were found, give your children a reward like a trip to the movies or a few extra dollars in their allowance that week. This strategy works well when you start encouraging regular brushing and flossing early and establish what the reward will be well in advance of their next dentist visit. To make the most of this method make sure to avoid sweets as a reward!
Another great way to help your children avoid cavities is to engage in activities and use products that make brushing and flossing enjoyable for them. There are a number of flavored flosses that children can use each day to help avoid getting a cavity, as well as a wide variety of fun toothbrushes. Children have a greater chance of wanting to brush regularly and for the right amount of time if a toothbrush vibrates, has a song or tune that plays during brushing, or has colorful lights that flash throughout. You can also encourage the prevention of a cavity by using colored toothpastes or family games during that time.
Possibly the most important strategy you can take in helping your children avoid cavities is to lead by example. Young children want to imitate their parents in everything they do, and keeping up with dental hygiene is no exception. If you are committed to brushing and flossing every day and don’t wince when it comes time to visit the dentist, your children will feel more comfortable doing the same. If possible, encourage brushing and flossing together each morning and in the evenings, and make sure you are doing your best to keep up a consistent routine. Cavity prevention and oral health starts with you!
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A loose tooth can be an exciting but scary experience, not only for a child but for parents as well. It is of course a common occurrence for children around the age of six to begin to lose the 20 primary teeth that caused so much discomfort in their early years, but knowing what to do for your first loose tooth and subsequent need for tooth removal may be less known. Although losing a baby tooth is not typically a painful experience for most and will come out on its own, there are instances where it could present some challenges. Here are a few tips to follow in order to make the process of losing a baby tooth much less painless for you and your child.
In order to reduce the potential for pain and bleeding from the gums, a loose tooth should not be pulled. Rather, you should let your child’s baby tooth come out on its own when possible. This is a natural process, and although it may cause a little frustration if the loose tooth is not coming out quickly, pulling is not generally recommended. However, parents and children alike have been pulling loose teeth in order to expedite tooth removal for years. To make sure the first loose tooth comes out correctly, focus on the following steps.
Encouraging your child to wiggle his or her baby tooth is a great way to move the process forward. It can be done either with one finger or the tip of the tongue, and may reduce or completely eliminate the need for pulling. Once the loose tooth is barely hanging on by a thread, you or your child can gently pull it out. Be aware that this may cause some light bleeding of the gums, and may cause some pain for your child, but wiggling first will help with the tooth removal.
If you or your child do need to pull a loose tooth at home, there are some precautions you can take to make it less painful, and less messy. First, a firm grip on the loose tooth is helpful, and this can be created by using a piece of gauze or tissue and the pressure of your finger. Once you or your child have a solid grip, twist the tooth up and out gently but with enough force to remove it the first time. You can also have your child bite down on an apple or other hard, solid food if you are trying to avoid the pull. These tips will help make the first loose tooth less of a challenge for you and your child and set the stage for happy visits from the tooth fairy in the future.
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