Free Child's Dental Chart

Posted on 20 February 2007

Free Dental Chart Chart_3  

Parents sometimes think of their newborn's as having no teeth but babies are born with 20 primary teeth located in their jawbone. 

As many as 20 percent of children have cavities by the age of 3 and those cavities might be avoided by early checkups.  Every child needs to see their dentist by the age of one!

Keep track of baby's errupting teeth with this free chart and contact your dentist or pedodontist if should have any questions or concerns about your child's teeth.

 

 

 

A healthy mouth for your baby involves:

 

    1. Flouride to protect their teeth.  If flouride is not in your drinking water then ask for vitamin drops with flouride.

    2. Check and clean their baby teeth:

      To clean theri teeth place them in a comfortable position that will allow you to easily access their mouth.

       

      Sit on a sofa with your child's head in your lap

       

      Lay them on the floor or dressing table

       

      Be sure you can see into their mouth easily

       

      Clean their mouth soon after birth with a wet soft cloth

      As soon as tooth appears clean it with a soft cloth, gauze pad or baby toothbrush to remove plaque.

      Clean their teeth at least once a day with water and a soft toothbrush.

      Alway clean them before they go to bed.

      Ask your dentist the age he recommends that your child can begin using toothpase (ADA recommends using it after the age of two).

    3. Feed them healthy food.  Diets that contain sugary foods, soft drinks, and fruit juices are most likely to promot cavities. Select foods from the food groups of fruits, vegetables, meat, grains and/or dairy.  Try to limit between meal snacks.  When you do snack try choosing foods low in sugar like cheese, nuts or vegetables.  Remember the more often your child snacks on food containing sugar and starches the greater the chance for tooth decay.  

    4. Never let your baby go to sleep with a bottle of anything except water.  Never dip a pacifier in sugar or honey. Never let your baby go to sleep with a bottle of anything except water. 

    5. Take your baby to the dentist by age one.  Schedule appointments early in the day, but avoid naptime.

    6. Check your child's teeth regularly for any changes.  If you see white or stained areas on their teeth, take them to a dentist.  When bringing the child to the dentist for the first time, it's okay to bring a comfort item such as a blanket or favorite toy. Make the experience positive for the child and try not to instill your own fears into the child.

    7. Avoid chewable vitamins that list sugar as the first ingredient.

    8. Change your child's toothbrush every two months and after the child has been sick.
    9. If a child is sick, toothpaste should be placed on the brush via a cotton swab or a clean finger to avoid contaminating the toothpaste tube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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