Child Oral Health Concerns

Your children’s mouths go through a lot of changes. Sometimes those changes can cause the most experienced parent to get confused. Dr. Bryan Dunlap of Dunlap Dental was in the studio to cover some of the most common child oral health concerns and what to do about them.

1.     No bottle for baby at bedtime - Baby bottle tooth decay is a growing problem among children under 2 years of age. It happens when juice, soft drinks, or milk is given to babies and young kids at bedtime. Kids that young should only get formula or breast milk in bottles, and they shouldn't have a bottle while sleeping at all.

2.     Kids dental emergencies -

·       Knocked out tooth: keep tooth moist and call your dentist

·       Cracked tooth: rinse and use warm compress for swelling

·       Bitten lip or tongue: clean gently and use cold compress

·       Toothache: use floss to remove food, if present

·       Foreign object stuck in mouth: gently use floss, call your dentist

3.     Thumb sucking should stop by age 4 - A natural reflex for infants and babies is sucking a thumb or pacifier, but if your child’s permanent teeth have come in, sucking can cause their teeth to become crooked. Talk to your dentist for recommendations that will help curb it.

4.     Dental sealants help protect children's teeth - Sealants are a quick and easy way to prevent cavities. Sealants protect both primary and permanent teeth; ask your dentist for more information.

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