Primary or “Baby” Teeth are very important

It is just as important to maintain the health of all 20 primary teeth as it is the permanent teeth. Primary teeth are not just temporary teeth that will fall out. They help children speak clearly, eat properly, talk, smile and feel good about themselves.

Healthy primary teeth also help form a path for the permanent teeth to follow and grow properly and beautifully. Cavities are painful and cause children to have difficulty eating, stop smiling, and have problems paying attention and learning at school.

Protect your child’s teeth from cavities

Tooth decay is an infection that can be prevented. Cavities need to be filled to relieve pain and allow children to eat, talk and smile confidently. Safeguarding against bacteria and cavities will help the yet undeveloped permanent teeth develop properly and remain healthy. In order to prevent cavities and other dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist every 6 months, starting when the first tooth appears.

The impact on teeth

Stage 1: The enamel is attacked

Stage 2: The dentine is affected

Stage 3: The pulp is affected and the pain is intense

Stage 4: The cavity progresses and might lead to an abscess

Healthy teeth are important to your child's overall health. From the time your child is born, there are things you can do to promote healthy teeth. For babies, you should clean teeth with a soft, clean cloth or baby's toothbrush. Avoid putting the baby to bed with a bottle and check teeth regularly for spots or stains.

For all children, you should

  • Brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and drinks

  • Provide low-fat milk and dairy products high in calcium

  • Schedule regular dental check-ups


Bacteria are losing the battle for kids’ teeth

Your child's teeth are particularly vulnerable to decay. The enamel on milk teeth is not as hard as it is on adult teeth – even new permanent teeth are weaker for the first few years. The millions of bacteria in your child’s mouth can wreak havoc on their teeth if they’re not carefully cleaned away.

Toothache can interrupt eating, sleeping and education at critical times when children need nourishment and rest in order to grow and learn. Decay and the early loss of decayed milk teeth can have a direct impact on the health of your child's permanent teeth. Bad teeth can also be disfiguring!

To help avoid these problems, dentists recommend that children brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste: once in the morning and once after the last meal of the day.

This will not only help brush away the bacteria, but fluoride also helps to strengthen teeth and protect them from decay.

Brushing day and night with fluoride toothpaste can cut tooth decay by up to 50% for children, compared with brushing just once .

Germs don't sleep!

During the night bacteria don’t stop, even for a nap! This is bad news, as your mouth’s natural protector (saliva) drops to a very low level, leaving teeth vulnerable to acid attacks from these pesky bacteria, which can lead to cavities and pain. So brushing at night before bed is extremely important.

Have fun brushing together!

As a parent, your role is really important in establishing the brushing habit that your kids will have for a lifetime. However, we all know it can be difficult to get your children to brush their teeth day and night, especially in the evening when they have to stop playing and get ready for bed.

Brushing doesn’t need to be a battleground! Let children see that brushing can be a fun family time.