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Tooth Brushing in Children

Tooth Brushing in Children

Our children’s healthy and beautiful teeth depend on the right knowledge and habits.

Dear Parents:

In children, milk teeth erupt at the age of approximately 6 – 8 months, children at the age of 2.5 – 3 years have 20 milk teeth.

The task of milk teeth; It is to ensure that the child’s nutrition, speech and appearance are correct. It is also to hold space for permanent teeth and guide them as they drive. When the milk tooth is pulled out early, this natural place-holding and guidance disappears. Early loss of milk teeth disrupts the jaw structure and tooth alignment. In addition, since the child cannot chew comfortably, his feeding and development may be affected.

For this reason, milk teeth should be protected without caries until the time of replacement, and if there is caries, they should be treated.

During the eruption of milk teeth in babies, they may experience problems such as drooling, loss of appetite, restlessness, insomnia, diarrhea, fever, redness of the chin or face, and mild cough. These problems may start 2-3 months before the teeth erupt. What they are and how much pain they cause varies from child to child. During this period, it is best to give him something to tense his teeth with. If necessary, medication can be given with the recommendation of the doctor.

Milk teeth contain more organic matter than normal teeth, so they are prone to decay easily and quickly.

Milk teeth begin to change at the age of 6-7 years. Between the ages of 6-13 is the period of mixed disorientation. After that, the milk teeth leave their place to permanent teeth. Around the age of 6, 4 1st molars (6-year-old teeth) come out behind the primary teeth in the lower-upper jaw, right-left. Since they erupt at a very early age, they can be confused with milk teeth. These are permanent teeth. They need to be protected. In order to protect these teeth, applications that protect the tooth against caries, called fissure sealants, should be made.

How Should Children Brush Their Teeth?

  • Close your teeth and brush the visible sides of your teeth with circular movements.
  • Again, with your teeth closed, brush the back teeth on both sides with circular movements.
  • Open your mouth and brush the chewing surfaces of your back teeth with back and forth movements.
  • Brush the inner surfaces of your lower and upper back teeth with a sweeping motion.
  • You can brush the back surfaces of your lower and upper front teeth only by holding the toothbrush upright.

Don’t Forget These Ones!

  • Do not give your baby sugary foods at the last feeding of the night. should be done.
  • After drinking milk with a bottle, drink water for mouth cleaning, give a piece of cheese.
  • Never immerse the pacifier in sugar, honey or molasses.
  • Do not put your baby’s crotch in your mouth during feeding, do not take the bites out of your mouth and give them to the baby.
  • Do not give your child sugary foods and drinks between two meals.
  • Ensure that the inside of the mouth is cleaned by giving water after each feeding.
  • After one year of age, babies should be left with pacifiers and bottles, and they should be accustomed to feeding using cups and groins.
  • From the birth of the child, the mouth should be cleaned with wet gauze after each feeding, and this process should continue after the milk teeth are applied.
  • From the age of two, have your teeth brushed regularly, twice a day, under your control. Choose a toothbrush and toothpaste appropriate for your child’s age.
  • The amount of toothpaste should be the size of a pea.
  • Make sure your child does not swallow the toothpaste.
  • Consult your dentist for protective fluoride application.
  • If you have cavities on milk teeth, you should definitely have them treated.
  • Apply a fissure sealant to the 6-year-old teeth, which are applied from the back of the milk teeth at the age of 6 and should remain in our mouth for a lifetime. If you have a bruise, have it treated.
  • Take your child for a dentist check every six months.
  • Have regular dental check-ups.
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