Healthy teeth are an essential part of a healthy childhood.
Dental health plays a vital role in the growth and overall health of children. Teeth are important for the development of speech in a child and help the toddler chew newly introduced solid food.
Dental caries or early childhood caries is a common chronic disease observed in toddlers. All over the world, 50% percent of children below 5 years are affected by dental caries. The cavities appear as painful holes in the teeth or may appear as white spots due to demineralization of the tooth enamel.
According to various research studies, toddlers with caries in their teeth (baby teeth) are at a high risk of developing cavities in their permanent teeth. Dental health in childhood has a significant impact on dental health in adulthood.
Infant oral hygiene and nutrition is crucial for healthy dentition and prevention of dental caries. A well-nourished child is likely to develop fewer or no dental problems as compared to an undernourished child.
Early childhood caries commonly occur due to plaque, poor oral health, and excessive sugar in the food or liquids consumed by the baby.
Effective dental care for children consists of:
1. Maintaining good infant oral hygiene
2. Providing proper nutrition is an important element of kids dental care. This includes:
3. Following good dietary habits is essential for maintaining oral hygiene for kids.
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