If you have been thinking that your child is too young to see a dentist… you are wrong!!! Just because babies don’t have visible teeth, doesn’t mean they can’t get cavities. Their teeth can be at risk long before they started their chocolate venture!!!
It has to be understood that Dental decay is a disease and thus cannot be ignored. The tooth, food and bacteria when present together in mouth for over a period of time, cause cavities.
Parents often assume that kids get cavities because they don’t brush and floss well. It’s true to some extent, but that’s not the whole story. The roots spread much beneath these known dangers. Dental decay is caused by specific germs, spreads easily within families, and can last a lifetime. Babies are born without any of these harmful bacteria in their mouth, and studies have proven that children at times get infected due to their caregivers.
It happens when the saliva is transferred into your child’s mouth — by sharing the food as well as the spoon, or while having that first bite/sip of the food from the same spoon as your baby. Those times when you allowed your kid to brush his teeth with your toothbrush… You just made an easy day for the germs.
If you have tried everything for your baby, younger than 2 years of age and the kid would still not cooperate or if early signs of decay are visible, mild restraint while brushing is the last resort. Take help from another adult and brush using the knee to knee position. Consult your pediatric dentist for more information regarding the same.
Your child can start brushing and flossing on their own at around age 7. If they can tie their own shoe laces, chances are they are ready to brush solo. But continue to monitor and look around for any deposits on the tooth.