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Making Sure your Child’s Teeth Develop Correctly

Posted in Dental Care, General Dentistry, Pediatric Dental, and Sedation Dentistry

Your dentist for kids in Waterloo can help make sure that your child’s teeth develop correctly.

Why child’s teeth development is important

A child’s teeth development is important for the following:

  • A correct bite

  • The mouth has room for all the teeth

  • The baby teeth guide in the adult teeth the premature loss of baby teeth can cause issues with the adult teeth coming in straight

What are signs your child has issues with teeth development

If your child has not had any teeth come through the gum by age 18 months you should see the pediatric dentist.

You should clean any teeth that have come in every day and watch for any tooth decay; especially, if tooth decay runs in your family.

If you notice that the teeth are too close together or are twisted take them to the dentist.

Regular visits to a pediatric dentist should be a normal practice as he or she can help you keep an eye on your child’s teeth to make sure they are coming in properly. They will also watch for other issues with your child’s teeth and bite.

How to clean your child’s teeth

Speak to your pediatric dentist as each child is different but a general guideline is:

  • When the child is under 18 months you can use a cloth to wipe the teeth off.

  • At 18 months purchase a child’s soft toothbrush and paste to begin brushing the child’s teeth

  • Help make sure your child is getting enough fluoride

  • Feed them a balanced diet rich in dairy products that provide calcium and minerals for teeth and bones, if you have a picky eater speak to your doctor about adding vitamin supplements.

Your Waterloo dentist can help you watch your child’s teeth development and fix any issues.