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The child’s milk teeth: how to clean and care for them properly

Do you know that it is just as important to care for and clean the child’s milk teeth as the permanent and definitive teeth? We explain how to do it properly.

Known medically by the name of deciduous dentition or primary dentition, the popularly known as milk teeth consist of the first set of teeth that appear during childhood, developing during the embryonic period and then appearing in the mouth during childhood, becoming visible with tooth eruption. Then, once they fall out, they are replaced by permanent teeth, although in the absence of permanent teeth they can be preserved and maintain their function for a few years.

At about 6 months of age, the baby’s first teeth begin to appear. There are 20 milk teeth in total, distributing 10 pieces in the upper and lower part of the mouth, in 4 quadrants with 5 pieces each. Each quadrant consists of a lateral incisor, a central incisor, a canine, a first molar, and a second molar (i.e., 8 molars, 4 canines, and 8 incisors).

It is common for the lower incisors to erupt first, around 6 months of age, giving way to the upper incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. However, it is not until two and a half or three years of age when children already have all their milk teeth.

Precisely from the first moments in which the first milk teeth begin to appear, the oral cleaning routine begins, which parents will have to carry out and supervise until around 6 to 7 years of age. In fact, for the parents themselves it is a learning process.

How to clean milk teeth correctly and properly:

As stated by many experts, it is necessary to start cleaning milk teeth from the moment they appear. For example, if the baby’s first tooth has already appeared, you can use special gloves or gauze with which to start cleaning easily, until later it is possible to move on to the adapted children’s brushes (when the child already has practically all the teeth).

It is common for parents to neglect their babies’ dental cleaning because they have few teeth, and because they believe that it is not really necessary until they are 2 or 3 years old. However, it is important to start taking care of them and cleaning them from the first moment they come out. Furthermore, many dentists recommend dental care for mothers from the first months of pregnancy, since the different oral bacteria that the future mother has can then be transmitted to the little ones, and then condition their future oral health.

When cleaning the child’s teeth, it is useful to follow the following steps:

  1. With the head supported, it is very important that the parent who is going to clean the teeth see the whole mouth clearly, in order to check that he is doing it correctly.
  2. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the child’s brush.
  3. Then start cleaning the teeth starting from the back to the front(that is, from the furthest). Each quadrant should occupy at least half a minute, so it is advisable to take breaks so that the child does not continue with his mouth open for so long and becomes nervous.
  4. The movement of the brush should be in small circles, or even horizontally, always cleaning the upper and lower teeth separately, and equally inside, outside and even in the upper area of ​​the bite.
  5. To finish, clean the tongue carefully.

The oral and dental cleaning of the child must become a shared task, especially so that the smallest is aware of its importance, and participates in it. That is why it is very useful and appropriate for the child to participate during hygiene, for example letting him be the one to finish cleaning his tongue, and taking some breaks to avoid getting bored or tired.

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