Healthy Teeth and Happy Kids
The normal age criteria:6mnths to 3yrs : Eruption of milk tooth.
3yrs to 6 yrs : Presence of complete primary dentition ( the milk teeth).
6yrs - 14 yrs: That's when the permanent (adult) teeth erupt and the child gradually loses all his milk teeth.
Wisdom tooth i.e the 3rd molar has it's own time between 17- 24 yrs .
Why should you be vigilant :During these growing up years you as a mother play a very important role as to what diet you provide your child with and how good you are at taking care of your kids oral hygiene. Breastfeeding habits during the infancy stage and the food your kid eats during his formative years not only greatly affects his physical status but also has a profound effect on his oral cavity because that is where the food goes..so be sure to include a lot of fibrous foods, vegetables, fruits and healthy snacks..avoid the one that are sticky in texture and high in sugar content. The sticky ones stay stuck on your teeth for a long time resulting in tooth decay.
Fibrous foods are natural cleansers right from your teeth to your bowels. As it has been rightly said it is not restriction but moderation that is the key to a healthy being and happy teeth.
Problems:You will be surprised to know that kid's can also develop a myriad of tooth and gum related problems that you would usually associate with adults. It would be unwise therefore to ignore their dental regime just because the milk teeth get replaced at a certain age .
This ignorance on your part can give them their share of pain associated with decayed teeth and swollen gums.
Cavities : The last milk tooth falls off when the kid is around 12 yrs old. From 6 mnths to 12 yrs is a long enough time for the teeth to get decayed and develop cavities. So yes, they need their fillings too and if left untreated these cavities can involve the nerve of the tooth often necessitating the need for root canals.
Gums : Plaque and tartar deposits are very commonly seen in kids especially in the lower front teeth since they are constantly binging on chips and cookies and often are either not brushing or brushing improperly. Their brushing technique differs from yours. Get that tartar removed from a dentist and learn the correct way of brushing if you don't want your kid to suffer from bleeding gums and bone loss at this age.
Crooked teeth :The ages mentioned above are the average age brackets during which the milk or the primary teeth fall. Any deviation 6 months above and below this age bracket is considered normal. But beyond this it is crucial to know the reason behind the delayed exfoliation and consider tooth removal. The reason being, if it does fall off, it will not allow the eruption of the permanent tooth in it's place or the permanent teeth will erupt in an abnormal position resulting in maligned or crooked teeth.
Maintenance:Maintenance involves two aspects, diet regulation and proper oral hygiene procedures.
1.The foetus gets it's nutrients from the mother’s bloodstream. Hence it is important that the mother takes a nutritious balanced diet with adequate supplement of minerals and vitamins. Calcium , phosphorus and other minerals in prescribed quantities are extremely vital during the first trimester for proper teeth development.
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