necessary to fill “baby” teeth? Do “baby” teeth
questions that I’m frequently asked.
Children’s teeth are small versions of adult teeth –
they have nerves and they have roots.
have tooth decay, your child will have pain!
often results in the child being a poor eater, poor
sleeper or generally miserable.
– prevention is better than cure. Take your child
to a dentist every 6 months so that they are
familiar with the surroundings, instruments, noise
etc, should they one day need work done.
advice for the health of your child’s teeth:
first tooth can erupt any time from 4 months, and it
is important to start taking care of these teeth
straight away. Clean the tooth with a soft
toothbrush or a soft “wipe”. The child will get
used to having his/her teeth brushed – you are
enforcing a good habit.
baby is bottle-fed get rid of the bottle by the age
of one year! Nursing cavities is one of the most
common paediatric complaints. Do not allow your
baby to sleep with a bottle, and never add sugar to
age of one year old, change to a drinking cup – do
not use a bottle with a spout or a nozzle, eg:
energade bottle. Do not dip dummies in honey,
sugar, and always clean your baby’s teeth before
to popular belief, antibiotics do not cause tooth
decay, but remember that they are often sweetened
syrups, so clean teeth after dosing the baby.
your child’s teeth twice a day and limit the amount
of sweets your child consumes.
fizzy cold drinks, chocolates, biscuits and cakes
are treats – they should not be consumed on a daily
basis. Substitute these with healthy snacks instead
like fruit, carrots, cheese etc.
(bacteria) uses sugar to form acid, which in turn
will rot your child’s teeth. Decrease plaque by
regular brushing, and decrease their sugar intake.
In doing so you will be giving your child’s teeth a
good start in life.
teeth and healthy gums lead to a happy, healthy
Dentist for Children