Most Commonly Asked Questions About Children’s Oral Health: Part 2
- At what age should children start brushing their teeth?
Parents should brush their baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. However, even before the first tooth comes out, parents should use a finger brush or massager to wipe their gums.
- Are dental X-rays safe for kids?
Yes, dental X-rays are safe for children. They are only needed every six months or every year. Now with digital X-rays, patients are exposed to very minimal exposures (very low radiation).
- What are the most common dental problems for children?
Dental caries or tooth decay is the most prevalent disease in children. A rapid form of tooth decay, known as early childhood caries (ECC), is the most common disease faced by young children, and the main cause is putting children to bed with a bottle of juice or milk.
- What is tooth decay and how can I help my child prevent it?
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that attack the teeth – dissolving them and creating lesions in them. There are many factors involved in these bacteria-causing cavities – genetics, the composition of the teeth, the saliva, the microbial flora, the diet, and oral hygiene. All these factors together play a role in the development of tooth decay.