Misconception 1: You don’t need to clean the baby’s teeth before teething.
As early as when the baby is born, the deciduous teeth have been partially developed in the gums. Breast milk and milk powder contain sugar, so the baby’s oral cleaning should start from birth.
At about 6 months, the baby’s deciduous teeth will erupt. During this period, if you don’t take good care of it and cause tooth decay, it will also affect the baby’s subsequent permanent tooth development and appearance.
Misconception 2: Only use water or fluoride-free toothpaste for fear of “fluorosis”
Using fluoride toothpaste to brush is a safe and effective anti-caries measure. And its wide application worldwide is one of the main reasons for the sharp decline in the incidence of caries. A proper amount of fluoride can make your baby’s teeth stronger, more resistant to bacterial erosion, and less likely to cavities.
The correct way: After the first baby tooth is erupted: Use children’s fluoride toothpaste (the toothpaste contains 0.05% to 0.11% fluoride) every time you brush the baby’s teeth.
Misconception 3: Brushing teeth is enough, never flossing
No matter how serious you brush your baby, you can only brush on three sides. There is no way to brush the gap between the teeth.
Especially the baby’s deciduous teeth have thinner enamel, larger interdental teeth. The food residues more likely to stay between the interdental teeth than adults. If you do not pay attention to cleaning up, dental plaque will slowly breed in the interdental teeth and eventually form adjacent caries.
Dental floss can help clean the gap between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach, effectively reducing the occurrence of adjacent dental caries and gingivitis.
The correct way: The American Academy of Pediatric Stomatology recommends that after the teeth are in contact with each other, you need to floss daily.
Misconception 4: Brushing harder cleans better
Brushing is nothing like brushing harder cleans better, especially for your baby. The harder you brush, the more trauma the tooth enamel and gum tissue endure. It can eventually lead to other problems such as gum recession.
The correct way: Brush gently for two minutes, twice daily with a soft-bristled brush.
Misconception 5: If no oral health concerns, there’s no need for an exam
An exam is the best way to stop trouble before it starts. Many parents think that there is no need for taking little baby to the dentist for a check. However, it’s very necessary in case that dental problems happen.
The correct way: Semi-annual dental exams for adults and kids are the best way to maintain optimal oral health — so even if you don’t notice anything amiss, it’s best to still schedule routine dental checkups.