5 Things you Should Know About your Child’s Dental Development

Your dentist in Calgary recommends that children come in for his/her first visit by the age of three, unless there are any concerns. Here at Panatella Dental, we do our utmost to inform you about the development of your child’s dental health.

Here’s a list of some of the things you should know about you child’s teeth:

1.  Primary teeth:
All of your child’s primary teeth should have grown in by the time they turn 2 or 3 years old. This is a difficult time for most infants: teething. Infants going through this phase of their dental development deal with it in different ways. A few signs that your child is teething include: irritability, refusal to eat and trouble sleeping. Thankfully, there are ways you can help your infant deal with the pain:
  •  Gently rub a clean finger on their sore gums.
  • Give them something to chew on.
  • If your baby is old enough to eat solid food, colder foods could help ease the pain.

2. When to start brushing and flossing your baby's teeth:

You’ll need to start brushing their teeth as soon as they start coming in. Be sure to brush two times a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush gently so as not to irritate your child’s gums.

3. When to start flossing their teeth:

As soon as your child’s teeth start coming in close together, brushing simply won’t do the trick for decay and food that gets caught in between their teeth. This usually happens between the ages of 2 and 6. Use floss that is not too coarse to ensure that you do not irritate their gums.

4. Thumb sucking:

Most children (before school age) have a tendency to suck their thumbs as a way of conveying hunger or stress. While this is completely natural, once their teeth start coming in, it becomes a problem as it could shift teeth around, spread germs and even contribute to the development of a lisp.

5. Other function of baby teeth

Other than using them to eat, baby teeth play an important role in speech development. Furthermore, the premature loss of a baby tooth could cause other teeth to become misaligned and impede the eruption of your child’s adult teeth. So keep an eye out for teeth that fall out too early.

For better care of your child’s teeth visit the Panatella family dental center. Visits are complimentary for children under the age of three when accompanying parent or sibling appointments. We call these ‘happy’ visits to ensure your children are comfortable with the dental clinic. Call today and schedule a dental check-up in Calgary. Don’t ignore the development of your children’s teeth, visit our office and talk to our friendly staff for more information!
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