There are a lot of misunderstandings surrounding baby teeth and the role they play in your child’s present and future dental health. Below are three common questions that parents of toddlers may have when it comes to their child’s teeth and what the current recommendations are for such questions.
My Child is One and Still Doesn’t Have Their First Tooth – Should I Worry?
Physical, mental, and emotional development in children happens on a spectrum – dental development in children is no different. If your child is one year old with nary a tooth in sight, there’s no need to worry, but there are some things you should be doing to ensure your child’s dental health.
It’s important to begin cleaning your child’s gums as early as possible. This can be done with a wet cloth and warm water and will help to keep bacteria from taking hold. And, while you may have heard that it’s recommended that children should be brought to their first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth erupts, it’s important to do so before the age of one, even if no teeth are apparent.
My Toddler Has a Cavity – What Can the Dentist Do?
If your toddler’s recent dental visit has revealed a cavity or two, you may be wondering what your dentist’s next steps will be.
Your dentist may choose to take the wait-and-see approach, or they may like to intervene immediately to avoid possible further progression. This will depend on the size and location of the cavity, as well as the general state of your child’s teeth. It’s important to take your dentist’s lead when determining whether intervention has become necessary, but if you feel unsure of your dentist’s approach, get a second opinion.
My Toddler Hates When I Floss His Teeth – Is is a Necessity, or is Brushing Enough?
As your child’s teeth grow, you’ll begin to notice that the spacing between their teeth will need a lot more cleaning to keep them healthy and strong. Unfortunately, brushing just isn’t enough, and flossing is a necessity.
Cavities develop best in places that are hard to reach and easy to hide. Even if your child’s teeth are widely spaced, there’s still just enough room for the bacteria that causes cavities to take root and grow. It’s important that flossing become a regular dental activity, as it can help to keep your toddler’s teeth healthy as they grow, and it gets them into the habit so that flossing will continue into late childhood and beyond.
To learn more about your tot’s dental health, it’s important to consult with a pediatric dentist and schedule twice yearly appointments.