While breastfeeding is generally recommended over bottle-feeding for a child’s overall health, it can still contribute to Early Childhood Cavities, just like bottle-feeding.
To prevent Early Childhood Cavities, it’s crucial to avoid overnight feeding, such as bringing your baby to bed with you and allowing them to nurse at will.
This can cause milk to pool in the child’s mouth, leading to continuous acid formation and tooth decay.
Additionally, avoid allowing your baby to walk around with a bottle containing a sugary drink. It’s recommended that you encourage your child to transition to drinking from a cup by their first birthday.
Thumb-sucking is a common habit among young children and is generally not a cause for concern in infants and toddlers. Most children grow out of it on their own before the age of four. However, if the habit persists beyond that age, it can lead to dental problems such as misalignment of teeth and changes in the roof of the mouth.
If you’re concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking habit, contact our clinic.
Some tips to help break this habit include offering a pacifier instead of a thumb, praising your child for not sucking their thumb, and discussing the habit with your child in a positive and supportive manner.
Although it is acceptable for a child to use a pacifier it is essential not to dip it in sugary substances or sweetened liquids.
It’s also recommended that you encourage your child to give up the pacifier by the age of 2.
It’s important to keep in mind that although there is no health difference between using a pacifier or thumbsucking, a pacifier may be the better option as it’s typically easier to wean a child off a pacifier compared to thumbsucking.
To properly brush your toddler’s teeth, it’s recommended to use a small, soft-bristled brush and a circular or wiggling motion on all tooth surfaces, paying extra attention to where the tooth meets the gumline.
Once your toddler is capable of spitting, you can introduce a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush. It’s a good idea to ask your dentist to demonstrate proper tooth brushing during your child’s dental visit to ensure you’re doing it correctly.
You can help your child prevent tooth decay by encouraging them to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and eat a balanced diet with limited sugary snacks and drinks. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can also help prevent tooth decay.
If your child has a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth, broken tooth, or severe toothache, contact your dental clinic immediately. They can provide guidance on what to do and may need to see your child for emergency treatment. If you don’t have your child registered anywhere, or you are in Bangkok. You can contact SmileBox, we’re here to help!
Dental X-rays are safe for children when the appropriate safety measures are taken, such as using lead aprons and thyroid collars to protect the child’s body from radiation. You can rest assured that we enforce these measures at our clinics. It is recommended that children have X-rays as needed based on their individual dental health needs.
The frequency of dental visits for children depend on their individual needs and risk factors for tooth decay. In general, we recommend that children should see the dentist every six months for routine examinations and fluoride application.