Baby teeth

Merry - posted on 07/19/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Do you ever forget to brush your little kids baby teeth?
Have you ever thought oh it's ok cuz they will fall out in a few years anyways?
Well I am glad my mom took good care of my baby teeth because I'm now 22 years old and I still have 3 of my one year old molars in my mouth!
They are in great condition because they were always well cared for.
I don't have adult teeth to replace these baby teeth. Some people don't get all their adult teeth and some families it's genetic to be missing some adult teeth.
In my case it's three 1yr molars. My uncle it was two canine teeth.
Sometimes forget to brush my sons teeth, but I never take it lightly, I have no idea but his teeth right now might have to last him the rest of his life like my baby teeth!
And hopefully if that happens, I will have kept them healthy enough that he can keep them around as long as possible.

So don't be flippant about caring for your kids baby teeth, you never know if they might be needing those for the rest of their life!

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Kristen - posted on 07/20/2011

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I always try to remember to brush my son's teeth. After working in pediatric dentistry for 2 years I learned that not taking proper care of you infant/toddlers teeth can have long term effect. It can possible damage the tooth buds underneath the gumline. This happens alot with infants that develope bottle rot. Even when my son was smaller and would fall asleep eating at least wipe his mouth out with a rag. Now that he is bigger I have learned from work that when I have him lay down with his head in my lap it easier to see and manuver around in his mouth to get all those areas that are normally missed. Hope this helps someone!

Kristen - posted on 07/21/2011

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Also stuff with alot of sugar is bad but remember to watch the carbs to. Breads, cookies, pasta, and stuff like that cause more plaque which can lead to more cavities if not taken care of. :)

Minnie - posted on 07/21/2011

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Have I forgotten? Yes. Is it good? No. Infections in the mouth can lead to systemic infections in the body.

Christina - posted on 07/20/2011

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What Sherri said... If we're away and my son falls asleep on the way home, then far be it from me to wake him up (and him potentially stay awake for hours) instead of putting him straight to bed. Some of those nights, I don't even bother with changing him out of his clothes (all the more reason to ALWAYS change a diaper right before getting into the car at/near/after baby's bedtime).

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Joyce - posted on 07/22/2011

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My oldest did NOT sleep for 4.5 yrsul teeth... Consequently, she has beautiful teeth.She's 29 now

Merry - posted on 07/22/2011

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I would never use toothpaste on a baby's gums. Heck no. When my son was 2 we started using non flouride toothpaste but until then it was plain water. I didn't start brushing his teeth until he began solids. Around 10 months.

Idk who Joyce is referring to about forgetting, but I personally forget sometimes because I'm human and not perfect. :)

Sherri - posted on 07/22/2011

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I get how important teeth brushing is. However, if you don't do it for a day or when they are sick. It ISN'T a big deal. If you don't do it for weeks and months yes that is a big deal.

I also will admit rarely did I ever wipe their gums as a day old infant or even as a newborn. I did start when they began to teeth and they all had teeth by 4mo's so we began brushing then.

Joyce - posted on 07/22/2011

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One more thing...parents should begin caring for young teeth immediately by massaging gums with a clean cloth and a tiny amt of toothpaste and rinse it well with cool water on another part of the clean cloth as soon as your baby comes home. This should begin Day 1.

Merry - posted on 07/22/2011

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I just let my son play with his toothbrush, he loves suckin water off it so I set him up with some water and he sits there 'drinking' water off his brush. Then when he is almost done I really quick say my turn my turn! And scrub off his teeth then he's usually upset so I say all done and give him back the brush and he plays some more.

Stephanie - posted on 07/22/2011

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I still have 3 baby teeth too.
Does anyone have any advice on getting a child to let you brush their teeth. My daughter is 19 months old and I know that her gums get soar from teething so she refuses to open her mouth and even if I do get the toothbrush in her mouth she clamps down and stops the brush from moving.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/21/2011

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I'm struggling with this because my daughter hates it and we have to hold her down. Any advice?

Nadya - posted on 07/21/2011

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I think its great to have this discussion, and yourve had great feed back. Firstly I found it sad that your article is sponsored by cocacola. Secondly to reply to some of your readers. It does matter when you forget to brush, if you dont want to bother your child when they are asleep that is totally your call, I personally do brush my childs teeth and they expect it and at 2 realise the importance of it. The acid produced by the bacteria within the plaque layer will demineralise the enamel surface. If this happens for long enough without intervention a cavity will form. The most common cavity i fill is posterially on the first deciduous molar. I believe this is because tooth brushing interdentally is not possible and many parents dont realise how important it is to Floss. Flossing will manually remove the plaque and food debris caught between the teeth. Dont underestimate how effective flossing once a day is. Children get used to it and expect you to do it. after a couple of months it will take you less than a 1 min to floss your childs back teeth.

Angela - posted on 07/21/2011

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I still have a baby tooth as well! its odd though, my mother has an extra tooth in the same spot I am missing one! I have never been bugged by it, though the tooth is smaller than the rest.

Ruth - posted on 07/21/2011

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I have a friend who is 63 years old and still has all of his baby teeth so I definately look after my daughters

Merry - posted on 07/21/2011

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Yeah I recently shocked a friend when I mentioned my baby tooth was getting loose again, she had never heard of anyone having to keep a baby tooth before so I figured I'd put out a post in case there's more who haven't heard of it before.
From time to time one of the baby teeth will loosen up and I just avoid chewing on it until it hardens back up again.

Jo - posted on 07/21/2011

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I've never heard of having baby teeth for life! I guess you really do learn something new every day! lol. I just saw this thread and realised I forgot to brush mr 17 months's teeth this morning :-S I don't forget often, and as someone else said, never forget at night, but sometimes in the morning. I definately don't have the mentality that it doesn't matter though and it's great that he loves me brushing his teeth! My parents looked after my teeth and I've never had a cavity so it's only natural I would want the same for my son, but we are only human, and sometimes you just forget!

Melyndia - posted on 07/21/2011

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as a Pediatric Dental Assistant I've witnessed many children with many cavities. I agree that many of us forget once in a while. But please don't have the mentality that it doesn't matter because they will fall out anyway. We've also heard many times that parents cannot brush their child's teeth because the child will not let them. Well, let me just say that this is a battle that is much better to win over the need to medicate or hospitalize your child to have cavities repaired. Start your child out right with proper dental hygiene - brush 2 times a day with just a smear of fluoride toothpaste and floss between any teeth that touch.

Wanda - posted on 07/21/2011

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my first child brushed all the time with her, she has a cavity in nearly every tooth and at 10 had a root canal. my second has poor immune system and had a tarter problem. we got oral b electric tooth brushes and she has had vast improvment. never a caity for her she is 8, my 3 year old son just now started loving to brush his teeth. i don't push it too much but we see the dentist ywice a year and all ok on last vist except of course the root canal!

Merry - posted on 07/21/2011

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There's a big difference between forgetting and thinking it doesn't matter.
Everyone forgets here and there but as long as you know how important it is then that's most important.

Kristen - posted on 07/21/2011

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we all forget and thats no the big problem. Its when ppl forget for days or weeks or maybe even months. And I so agree with Lisa. Infections spread.

Merry - posted on 07/20/2011

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Yeah I'm not brushing his teeth if he's already asleep when we get home, doesn't happen too much but sometimes.

September - posted on 07/20/2011

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We take great care of our son's teeth brushing twice a day and even flossing from time to time. He's only 2.5 so the flossing is not a huge deal at this point but he sees me doing it and wants to too :)

Sherri - posted on 07/20/2011

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They would be able to tell you from the first xrays whether you have adult teeth behind the baby teeth or not anyways.

No I am not flippant but if they fall asleep if we are out somewhere. No I don't wake them to brush their teeth I will just do an extra good job in the morning. Not an end of the world situation.

Merry - posted on 07/20/2011

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Yup I have 3 baby teeth! Can't quite tell unless you look but they are smaller

Lady Heather - posted on 07/19/2011

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I will admit to having forgotten before. Never at night, but sometimes in the morning because things get crazy. Not often. But I certainly don't think it's okay! I generally feel pretty bad about it. I try to make sure I do twice a day plus an extra if she eats something particularly sugary or sticky. I try to get her to drink water after eating or drinking milk to sort of wash things down. Ha.

My grandma has a baby tooth too. She's 78 and it's still there. Haha.

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2011

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My kids get their teeth brushed twice a day. It's such a routine that if I'm having a blonde moment they remind me to clean their teeth.

I'm 30 and if I hadn't had cosmetic dental work done on my front teeth I would still have baby teeth too. I was missing 2 teeth in the front, the adult teeth never came through and my canines were baby teeth, I know messed up mouth.
You are so right, your kids may have some baby teeth forever. I'm hoping that it skips my kids but you never know, so far they have perfect teeth to the point where I've had strangers comment on them. I have everything crossed that their adult teeth come through in the same way

Katherine - posted on 07/19/2011

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I always brush my 2.5 year olds teeth.
Seriously you have a baby tooth?

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