Parents are often confused, when in fact the first milk teeth begin to grow. Most people think that newborn babies have no teeth. Though at the time of birth, milk crown, amounting to 20 was nearly finished form, and hidden behind the baby’s gums and bone. Baby teeth do not grow well but gradually through the gums during the first 2 ½ years since the birth. Usually the first time is growing four front teeth are two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. Most of the kids are full of all his teeth at the age of 3 years. Baby teeth are smaller than the permanent teeth in adults. So that permanent teeth can fit occupy the space left by the baby teeth that have been dated, the jaws continue to experience growth. The date when the teeth begin to children aged 6-7 years, and the process continues until the age of 12 years. The date of first teeth are incisors (front) top and bottom, which will be replaced by permanent incisors.
Baby teeth are guidance or guidelines for the permanent dentition. So despite its “temporary” and will be replaced by permanent teeth, but must be kept and maintained health. Baby teeth that date is too early will affect the permanent dentition. Gigi has been dated before the time and permanent tooth bud is not ready to grow, so the permanent tooth loss guide. That is one reason there are some people whose teeth are crowded, overlapping, or out of the arch.
A child needs a strong and healthy teeth, where teeth are not only important to chew food, but also to the pronunciation of words. Milk teeth damaged by caries certainly cause students some difficulty chewing, or even a lazy meal that will ultimately affect their nutritional status. Parents really need to be aware of this because most parents think that in the event of caries in primary teeth do not need to be patched because the daughters will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth. Whereas infection of the milk teeth caries can damage permanent teeth that are growing beneath the roots of milk teeth.
Caries in primary teeth of children occur most often caused by use of a bottle containing milk or sugary drinks given to bedtime. At the moment people are asleep, saliva production decreases while the saliva has many functions one of which is flush food debris and bring it to the throat to be swallowed. Therefore, the stagnant water on the surface of the milk teeth still attached when the child was asleep and become food for bacteria in the mouth, so there was caries.
Parents are very involved in helping to reduce the risk of caries in primary teeth. Do not get used to your baby or toddler fall asleep while drinking from a bottle containing milk, fruit juice or other sweetened drinks. Also, avoid the habit of pacifier dipped in honey or a sugary drink before feeding to the child, but give it a clean pacifier.
When children ask for milk using a bottle before bed, persuade and make it a habit to drink water after she drinks milk. Or if the child is difficult to be persuaded, was his mother who had to clean the teeth and gums with a clean cloth or gauze soaked as he slept after drinking milk bottle. Begin brushing your child’s habits with the water as early as possible so the teeth begin to appear through the gums. When children have not been able to spit, just use water only and do not need to use toothpaste. The continued development of science and technology, toothpastes are safe for children as if there are fewer parts that are ingested, but the child should still be taught to spit and rinse to remove excess toothpaste. Of course it takes foresight of mothers in the child’s choosing toothpaste.
Make a habit of brushing your teeth together with the child, to set an example and role model. This method is usually more powerful in the habit like brushing your child’s teeth as early as possible, rather than mom or dad just ordered it. Accompany and supervise children when brushing your teeth, and avoid eating habits of children eating snacks or sticky foods between meals.