Helpful Tips for Preventing Decay in Primary Teeth
- Brush them twice a day.
- Always brush after the evening meal so small bits of food do not linger there overnight.
- Never let your baby go to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Constant immersion increases the risk of decay.
- Avoid serving high fructose corn syrup fruit drinks such as “Capri Sun”. Only allow 100% fruit juice and in moderation. Primary teeth play a crucial role in guiding adult teeth into position.
- Avoid soda and energy drinks
- Until recently baby teeth weren’t viewed as important because adult teeth eventually replace them. What we now realize is that these primary teeth play a crucial role in guiding adult teeth into position.
Protect against Cavities
Cavities in baby teeth can lead
to toothaches, rapid tooth decay,
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Be sure that you are brushing all of your teeth’s surfaces. Especially the hard-to-reach back and sides!
- Brush for at least 2 minutes.
Sealants protect against cavities by sealing the deep grooves and pits in teeth where bacteria likes to hangout.
The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants are serious protection against decay, and are worth looking into.
In Case of an Emergency…
While you should go to an emergency room or a dentist’s office if needed, here are some tips on how to handle possible minor dental problems.
TOOTHACHE: Rinse your mouth well with warm water and gently floss between the teeth to remove any trapped food. Use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
BROKEN TOOTH: Rinse with warm water, apply cold compresses to the cheek and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH: Rinse the tooth lightly in running water but don’t scrub it, and touch it as little as possible! Put the tooth back in the socket and hold it firmly in place. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, keep it in a glass or container of milk or a special tooth preserving solution available at your local drug store or from your dentist. Get to the dentist within 30 minutes, if possible, to improve the chances of saving the tooth.
OBJECTS WEDGED BETWEEN TEETH: Gently remove the object with floss and avoid cutting the gums. Do not use a sharp instrument.
LOST FILLING: Cover the filling with paraffin, and take pain medication as needed. Most pharmacies have temporary filling kits that can be used until you are able to see a dentist
BITTEN TONGUE OR LIP: Put direct pressure on bleeding area with a clean cloth and apply a cold compress to minimize swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a nearby hospital.
POSSIBLE FRACTURED JAW: Immobilize the jaw by any means, such as a handkerchief, necktie or towel tied around the head, and go to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible.
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