Healthy Teeth, Happy Smile
My baby girl is almost 4 years old now. We have always struggled when it came to brushing her teeth. Some people told that not brushing teeth till the age of 5 years is fine. Others said to make brushing teeth twice a day and gurgling after eating anything a habit. They also told to stop sugar intake, chocolates, etc. This all led to more confusion. Then, these TV commercials confused me more on which toothpaste and toothbrush to buy.
Finally, I gave up and called my friend Dr Sumedh Khare, who is a pediatric dentist. He gave me some insights into oral health care. I thought of sharing his views with all parents.
While adapting to constant changes in food habits and nutrition consumption methods, taking care of tools that help us eat our food is equally important. One should maintain their teeth as a mandatory activity at a regular pace of time.
I had an interactive session with Dr Sumedh Khare who has expertise in oral hygiene care for infants, children, and adolescents. He shed light on some crucial points that would help an individual take care of their gums and teeth.
Parents should start taking their child for a dental visit from his/her first birth day. This can help the doctor understand the growth condition of the child’s teeth. After the first meeting, the approach towards regular dental treatments differs according to a child’s psychology. A person should undergo regular dental check-up every 6 months. One should undergo check-up even in the absence of discomfort and pain to avoid complicated treatments and reduce financial burdens. Parents should follow some domestic measures, such as cleaning an infant’s teeth with normal water without using a toothpaste. They should clean the gum pads of an infant after every feeding. Parents should use a pediatric toothpaste for children aged between 3 and 6 years and a peanut-sized adult toothpaste for children aged between 6 and 12 years.
Oral Hygiene is Important
Parent’s healthy teeth are also responsible for their offspring’s oral hygiene. Parents should take their kids to a pediatric dentist at the earliest for the best possible success of therapy in case of trauma resulting in tooth breaking or dislocating out of the mouth. Many treatments are available, such as filling, root canal, and caps, and preventive care measures, such as fluoride application and pit-fissure sealants, can be used. These treatments should be performed as per dentist’s advice only because they make teeth more resistant to decay. Dr. Sumedh Khare also mentioned that the appropriate age of a kid to start the ortho (braces) treatment is 12-13 years.
The conversation culminated with sharing of numerous informative thoughts that an individual should implement in their routine to maintain clean and healthy teeth.
Dr. Spock says “When I was a young man, I asked a wise old gentleman what is the secret to happy life, ‘Take care of your teeth!’ was his reply. It was good advice I ever got.”