The effects of oral hygiene may seem to be limited to the teeth, however, lack of it, especially in early childhood, may have serious implications on overall health, affecting the child’s nutritional level. Unfortunately, there seems to be a belief among parents that since child’s milk teeth are going to fall off they don’t require much care. Not caring for the milk teeth can cause serious implications such as blocking of the coming adult teeth causing them to be crooked, permanent teeth infections, etc. Let us look at a few simple tips that can help save the child’s teeth from decay and subsequent loss


Initiate oral hygiene even before the first tooth erupts– wipe the baby gums with a clean gauze/soft cloth after each feeding. Brushing your child’s teeth should start as soon as the first tooth erupts Initially use only a smear of non-fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste in a pea size amount can be used for cleaning when you feel that your child can spit out the toothpaste. For particles, make an appointment to visit the dentist by the age of one. Consider fluoride therapy if the drinking water is deficient in optimal fluoride levels.