6 things need to be avoided to prevent dental disease for babies

Holding the milk bottle in babies’ mouth

Many parents have a habit of allowing their children to hold a bottle of milk in their mouths continuously for many hours, even overnight.

Continuous sucking of the bottle will create a regular sweet environment surrounding the teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay. In addition, continuous feeding of milk bottles also increases the likelihood that milk residues exist in the oral cavity, which is difficult to clean and can lead to the dental thrush in children.

Thumb sucking

Infants and young children often have a habit of sucking their fingers. According to psychology, finger sucking makes children feel comfortable and protected. Most children aged 2-4 have this habit but do not adversely affect their oral health. However, if this habit continues to be maintained after school age (over 5 years old), at this age children begin to change their milk teeth and develop the permanent teeth, sucking fingers will make the teeth tend to be pushed forward, causing crooking to the front teeth area and lips do not completely cover the teeth and affect the development of the jaw bone.

Another risk of finger sucking is that at this stage children are more active and less subject to their parents’ control than before. Fingers that are not sanitized also cause inflammation in the mouth, and even gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhea.

To help children abandon this habit, parents need to explain to children to understand the harmful effects of sucking hands, regularly monitor children, learn about their aspirations about issues related to psychology to make the children feel comfortable without having to look for “hand sucking measures”. Parents can also distract children by paying attention to other things like toys, clothes, outdoor activities, or having fun with children.

It is advised to teach children on how to brush their teeth properly to prevent tooth decay.

Mouth breathing

When children suffer from diseases that interfere with normal breathing via the nose such as respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases … sucking fingers can also cause the mouth breathing habit. If these problems are not solved thoroughly, in the long-term, children will form a habit of mouth breathing. Mouth breathing for a long time will affect the development of the child’s face, cause dental problems, gastrointestinal, respiratory diseases, or even more severe it is the cardiovascular disease as well as spinal deformity.

To overcome mouth breathing problems, parents need to observe their children’s daily breathing. If they have a habit of opening their mouths when breathing or having persistent respiratory problems such as allergic rhinitis, it is necessary to take the children to the doctor and have thorough treatment. Children may need additional treatments such as breathing exercises or mouth tools to prevent mouth breathing.

Pushing the tongue

Children with tongue pushing often have a habit of kicking their tongues forward when swallowing, speaking, even when the tongue is in a resting position, causing a bucked jaw or opening occlusion in the front, affecting their pronunciation. Infants often have a habit of pushing their tongues, which gradually decreases when they are 6 months old to adapt to the digestion of solid foods.

Parents also need to pay attention to this habit by observing the swallowing behavior of the child, If it is unusual, their kid should be brought to the dentist for timely management. In order to treat tongue pushing, in addition to training the correct posture of the tongue, there are also assembled and dismantled tools that support treatment for mouth breathing.

Only going to the dentist if there are dental problems

Many parents only take their baby to the dentist when the baby suffers from pain or swelling without knowing that tooth decay lesions can be prevented and treated early. When the child has showed clear signs of the decay, treatment shall be becoming more difficult as the child will not cooperate and he or she may suffer from psychological trauma from dental interventions.

Therefore, the dental checkups is of great importance, even when you do not have abnormal oral manifestations. The period of regular dental check-ups is 4-6 months as recommended by the World Health Organization, so make a schedule for your teeth to be taken care of and maintained from today to prevent oral diseases.

It’s worth being noted for improper brushing the teeth

Proper brushing. which is recommended by the WHO, is based on an improved Bass method: to place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth surface at the tooth neck, twist and slightly vibrate at each area from 6-10 times, rotate the brush so that the bristles run along the top of the teeth, brush all areas of the teeth. In order to be easy to remember, you should brush the teeth following the principle: brush the upper jaw first, the lower jaw later, the front face first, the inner face later. For the chewing surface, you should brush following back and forth movements to avoid missing any areas