My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.
From the time that your young child's baby teeth first appear, it's important for you to take a careful approach to keep them clean. While you'll also want to visit a pediatric dentist before too long, you should know that keeping your child's baby teeth clean can go a long way toward preventing such issues as cavities. It can be difficult to properly brush a child's teeth shortly after they appear, but that's OK. A good alternative is to wipe the teeth clean with a damp washcloth, ideally after each time that your child eats. Here are some tips for performing this important task.
Use A Fresh Cloth Each Time
The goal of wiping your young child's teeth with a washcloth is to remove the bacteria that can sit on the tooth enamel and lead to cavities, so you'll want to use a fresh washcloth each time. Reusing the same washcloth means that you'll be reintroducing the bacteria from a previous cleaning to your child's mouth, which isn't what you want. One idea is to buy a package of washcloths — perhaps in a fun color for the child — that you'll specifically use for this purpose. After using a cloth, plan to wash it with the laundry.
Warm The Cloth A Little
You don't want to wet the washcloth with cold water and then try to clean your young child's teeth. The temperature of the cloth will likely cause the child to pull away, and it won't be long before he or she sees this activity as something unfavorable. A better approach is to warm the cloth to at least room temperature. Doing so prevents the cloth's temperature from shocking the child, and the warmth can even feel somewhat comforting.
Wipe With The Right Technique
It will likely take you a little time to get used to this task, but you should feel confident that with each cleaning session, you're helping your child's oral health. Try to wipe each tooth that the child has, and aim to wipe away from the gums rather than toward them. Doing so avoids you pushing the bacteria up against the gumline. Be mindful of getting too much of your fingers or the cloth in the child's mouth at one time. This could potentially cause him or her to gag and again create the feeling that this isn't a pleasant activity. If you need further guidance on this task, don't hesitate to discuss it with your child's pediatric dentist.
For more information, contact a local pediatric dental clinic.Share