December 3, 2018

Each tooth is varied in shape and size and designed to serve a particular job. This sounds logic so that teeth can do the many different jobs assigned to them; including chewing, talking, pronouncing different sounds and smiling. Above all, your teeth give your face its defined shape. It is a big asset to have a healthy attractive smile. This justifies but little of the importance of teeth and why it is so grave to give them the best care possible.

It must have been so thrilling for everyone seeing a baby’s first tooth. Along with all the hustle accompanying a baby, his parents should take great care of his primary teeth. Using a baby toothbrush comes on top of the priorities. The urge to clean the teeth from an early stage stimulates curiosity around the white shiny line-up that adorns our gums.

Flashback – Baby first toothbrush memories

The memory of the first toothbrush might be forgotten. But it always shines when one hops on to brush his teeth after he finishes a meal. A rigorous dental cleaning routine in adulthood reflects a healthy childhood cleaning practices.

In line with their many responsibilities, parents usually decide when it is best to introduce a toothbrush for their infant. Studies have shown that an early practice of teeth brushing prevent tooth decay and future problems.

Choosing a good toothbrush for your baby

Parents need to be careful about the choice of their infant/toddler toothbrush. The market is abundant in oral products but they have to use only the best product to ensure the safety and cleanliness of their baby’s teeth. Opt for a handy toothbrush. A baby toothbrush must be soft and safe. Consider if you want to hand it over for your baby to play with or chew on, in this case you might take some options out such as finger toothbrushes. Every child also has a different taste to colors. That is why you need to think about what shape would appeal to your kid.

Baby Transformation – toothbrush upgrading

Do you remember the thrill of losing a tooth during childhood? It must have been very exciting for everyone to feel how loose their tiny teeth were getting until they fell out. Oh, and of course no one forgets the funny feeling of the empty place where the tooth once stood!

After parents have taken the prime responsibility of choosing a toothbrush, as their baby grows up into a toddler, he takes over. Toothbrushes for toddlers are so appealing and different. Usually, they come with a chunky hand to give the toddler a good grip. Yet, soft bristles are the primary most important characteristic of all. Even when your toddler wants to be in charge, it is very important that you do the final cleaning process to ensure you have reached all his teeth.

The upgrade process is a very interesting one! Having lost tooth after tooth many never gave much thought about the changes occurring in their mouths at the time. Here are some of the differences between baby teeth and adult teeth.

Primary Teeth

Teething usually starts anywhere from six to 10 months of age. The central incisors are the ones that start to develop first. The lower ones come in first, whereas the upper set emerges between eight and 12 months. The central incisors are the first to fall out at 6 years old.

In the same way, the upper lateral incisors appear from 9 to 13 months, before the lower laterals which come out around 10-13 months. On both sides of the laterals are the canines. The upper canines come in before the lowers.

The last eight teeth to appear are the first and second molars – four of each. The upper firsts can take longer to emerge at 13-19 months, whereas the lower firsts start later and finish earlier at 14-18 months. The second molars complete the set and arrive last. Both sets erupt right around two years of age. Those are also the last ones to fall out between the ages of 10 and 12.

Baby Teeth vs. Adult Teeth

The mouth has a total of 20 baby teeth (also called primary or milk teeth). The upper jaw contains 10 teeth and the lower jaw contains the other 10. However, a full set of adult teeth contains an additional 12 teeth. six more teeth – each on the upper and lower jaws- come out later on. The new teeth are the first and second premolars, and the third molars, more commonly known as the wisdom teeth, which don’t erupt until ages 17 to 21.

Caring for Baby Teeth

Despite the fact that primary teeth will eventually shed, it’s still important to develop a habit of proper oral care for your little one. Use a baby toothbrush and toothpaste that are specifically designed for children up to two years old.

Before teeth first appear, use either a piece of gauze or an infant toothbrush to clean baby’s gums. When teeth do erupt, clean them at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. It is a good idea to take your kid for his first dentist check-up before his first birthday.

Final stage — adult mouth

There is much information when it comes to talking about the mouth! While the mouth is a small part of our overall anatomy, it’s filled with many parts and players, all of which work together to help you eat, drink, speak and have a radiant smile. Let’s have an overview of parts of the mouth:

Teeth types

Types of teeth

  • Incisors: 4 upper and lower. Used for cutting food. features: sharp, chisel-shaped front teeth.
  • Canines (cuspids): 2 upper and 2 lower. Used for tearing and grasping food.
  • Premolars (bicuspids): Used for crushing and tearing food. These teeth have two pointed cusps on their biting surface.
  • Molars: Used for grinding and chewing food, these teeth have several cusps on the biting surface to help in this process.

Inside each tooth

  • Crown: The top part of the tooth, and the only part normally seen. The shape of the crown determines the tooth’s function. Front teeth, for instance, are sharp and chisel-shaped for cutting, while molars have flat surfaces for grinding and chewing.
  • Gum line: It is the location where the tooth and the gums meet. This is the perfect spot for plaque to build up if proper brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning were not followed on daily basis.
  • Root: The two-thirds of the tooth that is embedded in bone. It serves as an anchor to hold the tooth in place.
  • Enamel: Enamel is the outer and hardest part of the tooth. In fact, this part has the most mineralized tissue in the body. It can be damaged by decay if teeth are not cared for properly.
  • Dentin: Directly located under the enamel. If decay makes it through the enamel, it next attacks the dentin.
  • Pulp: The soft tissue found in the center of all teeth. The nerve tissue and blood vessels are located in the pulp.

Our growth is a very complicated process. Only take what happens in your mouth as an example. It is a blessing that you need to take care of and be thankful. You won’t be until adopt a dental cleaning routine where you brush and floss your teeth as well as scrape your tongue.

Once you have an offspring, you need to pass this care unto them. Teach them to take care of their teeth once they start having any. Use a toothbrush for your baby regularly. Make sure to do this twice a day every day.

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I'm a mama to three lovely kids. I'm passionate about mothering and parenting, and am eager to share what I know on topics such as parenting, natural living and child safety.

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