When it comes to the oral health of babies and children, there is a lot of bad information available! It’s important for parents and caregivers to be aware of the facts and to avoid subscribing to the myths.
For instance, do you know the answers to the following questions?
- Is it okay for babies to get a fever when a new tooth comes through?
- Are baby teeth important?
- Do “bad bites” really matter?
- Does diluting your children’s fruit juice reduce the risk of tooth decay?
- Do Fissure Sealants hurt?
These are the questions asked in a quick quiz on the American Dental Association website. You can try answering the questions for yourself and see your score:
Here are the short answers to the questions above:
- Contrary to popular opinion, fevers, diarrhoea, and even rashes are not normal for a teething baby. They are likely to be signs of illness and medical attention should be sought.
- Baby teeth are critically important and should not be neglected. Dental disease is uncomfortable, and the early loss of baby teeth can cause crowding of adult teeth.
- A bad bite or malocclusion can make it difficult to keep teeth clean and may lead to jaw problems in future.
- Diluting juice does not significantly lessen the risk of your child from developing tooth decay. Water is the best beverage.
- Fissure sealants can be placed without local anaesthetic and without discomfort because they are placed completely within the enamel.
Do you have questions about your child’s teeth and dental health? Please call Dr. Teo, who will be pleased to help.