The first temporary teeth begin to erupt around the age of 6 months and are taken according to the 4/6 rule, that is, once every 6 months, 4 teeth erupt at once. The baby's dental hygiene should start before teething, because it is a good time for him to get used to the tactile sensation in the oral cavity and become a regular routine for him.
It starts either with a gauze moistened with warm water and gently wipes the gums, or with the silicone thimble in circular, gentle movements.
After the appearance of the first 2 teeth, switch to a soft toothbrush and use age-specific fluoride toothpaste.
Between 0-6 years, the American Pediatric Dental Association recommends that fluoride be 1000 ppm, and the amount as much as a grain of rice between 0-2 years, a pea between 2-6 years, and with the appearance of permanent teeth we are talking about an amount a little larger than a pea and 1500 ppm of fluoride.
Between 6-7 years, the first permanent teeth begin to appear, and the mixed dentition begins.
Close attention to 6-year-old molars, which do not replace any temporary teeth and erupt behind the last temporary molars. These are permanent teeth that never change and are susceptible to decay due to both hygiene and the still immature mineral content.
Sealing permanent molars reduces the risk of tooth decay by up to 80%, a study conducted by the American Pediatric Dental Association shows, and is a simple, painless, minimally invasive medical procedure that acts as a shield against bacterial action.
In conclusion, I want to draw attention to the importance of correctly performed early dental hygiene, even before the appearance of the first teeth, because a correct routine and a healthy habit of the child will be a healthy habit of the future adult. – Dr. Roxana Kolanovschi, Pedodontist.