Dubai, UAE – Every child develops at their own pace, right from birth. While some babies meet their milestones faster, others take their own sweet time to roll, swim, crawl and walk. Just like gross motor development, their physical development timeline may also vary from baby to baby. Teething, for instance, is known to start around 6 months, with some babies having eruptions as young as 3 months old. While your little one may get all of his milk teeth only around the ages of 2 or 3 years, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every child should visit a pediatric dentist in the first year of their life or as soon as the first tooth arrives.
“Early dental appointments are a great way to ensure that your baby’s teeth are healthy teeth right from the start,” says Dr. Yasmin Kottait, one of the best pediatric dentists in Dubai. “Many a time, we see babies who are nursed to sleep developing cavities as early as six months. If they are not addressed on time, cavities can lead to tooth decay and early tooth loss, which is not advisable for healthy oral development.”
Many parents tend to overlook dental health during early childhood as they are unaware of the importance of milk teeth. While the milk teeth do fall off eventually to be replaced by permanent teeth starting from the age of 6, it is crucial to keep them healthy and in place right from the time the first tooth appears.
Milk teeth play a key role in your child’s oral development. They act as a ‘blueprint’ for your child’s permanent teeth by holding space for them in the proper place and alignment. Additionally, milk teeth also play a vital part in digestion and nutrition, by helping your little one chew their foods properly. In short, it’s a wise decision to take your child for his/her dental appointments from the time their first tooth appears to ensure that they are strong and healthy.
Early visits to your child’s pediatric dentist will help you learn ways to keep their teeth healthy for longer. The dentist will advise you on topics such as the kind of toothpaste to be used, good brushing techniques, how to create a brushing routine, how to avoid bottle mouth decay while nursing/feeding at night etc. Your kid’s dentist will also be able to advise timely intervention in case he or she requires cavity filling/crowns to protect teeth from decay or orthodontic treatments to correct their bite or other alignment issues.
“It’s safe to say that prevention is always better than cure when it comes to dental caries in children,” continues Dr. Yasmin. “While we do have a variety of treatment options to protect and retain your child’s affected teeth, parents must take the extra step to prevent cavities and decays in the first place.”
Most pediatric dentists recommend the following tips to help prevent dental caries in babies-
Once your baby’s first teeth have erupted, try not to feed on demand throughout the night
Encourage your little one to drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday
Encourage and teach your little one to brush their teeth one
For more information on childhood dental caries and to book an appointment with our kid’s dentist in Dubai, visit Dr. Yasmin Kottait’s website today.
About Dr. Yasmin: Dr. Yasmin Kottait is an award winning-specialist and one of the best kids dentists in Dubai. With more than 16 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, she is a real-life “tooth fairy” who is dedicated to spreading smiles and healthy oral habits in children. As a renowned name and face in the field of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Yasmin is also one of the few Autism friendly dentists in the region, with a diploma in Cognitive Based Hypnotherapy and IBCCES Autism certification.