In this segment of Baby Blitz we’ll talk about tips for developing healthy habits for your kids’ oral health.

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Hello, Facebook family, how are you today, I hope that this pandemic is not getting you down, I want to make sure that you are fully engaged in our baby Blitz.  I also just want to make sure that you know that we love seeing babies at our office, any child two and under, you get a free visit.

So, I want to thank you for joining me today. Let me introduce myself. My name is Dr. Joye Warr, and I’m a pediatric dentist in High Point, North Carolina. I am here to answer your questions about your kid’s teeth.

I want to get started now, for the next few weeks. For the next three weeks, we’re going to be continuing to talk about baby teeth. Now I know you might be thinking, what more is there to talk about? Well, the first week we talked about how baby teeth were important. That’s right, baby teeth are not disposable teeth. So, you must make sure that you take care of those teeth. Like I know parents that probably don’t brush the baby teeth because they think that they’re all going to fall out well. Nothing could be further from the truth.

So, baby teeth are important number one, because your child must have something to chew with. And because they must have something so that they look good. And baby teeth also are a great way to make sure that your child is growing correctly. So, you got to make sure that you take care of those baby teeth. The second thing that you should know about baby teeth, what we talked about the second week is that all baby teeth don’t come out at the same time.  The rule of thumb that you have to remember is eight before eight, then 12 before 12.

That means that your child will lose eight baby teeth total before they’re about eight years old. And then they’re going to lose another 12 teeth before they’re about 12. So, remember, if your three-year-old has cavities, in teeth that don’t come out until they’re 12. That’s going to be a problem, which was the third part where we talked about, we do feel baby teeth, you do want to make sure that you take care of baby teeth, because they don’t all fall out at the same time. So, you can do fillings on baby teeth and, and all kinds of things.

Most importantly, what also we talked about the last time was fluoride and tooth brushing, and how to brush. So, if you don’t have if you didn’t listen to those parts, please make sure that you get those baby Blitz 1, 2, and 3. And make sure that you pass this one on, if you have a friend that needs to know about their baby teeth. So, we talked about brushing, flossing, baby teeth.

Tonight, we’re going to talk about habits, pacifiers, thumbs, fingers, blankets, all make sure that your child are comfortable. I know they’re comfy, they’re comfortable areas. However, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that you discontinue the pacifier habit at the age of one. I know that doesn’t give you a lot of running room.

But studies show that when you stop that habit, that it helps your child to grow more uniformly. And it also chases away what we call malocclusions or a bad bite. So, remember that thumbs are connected, I get it. It’s not much you can do I have a nail biter myself. So, I understand that those things are very hard to control. But if your child is, is still doing the pacifier, or sucking their blanket or something like that, for comfort, it’s a good time around the age of 12 months to one to begin to wean them from that habit.

Because the longer that habit stays, the more it ensures that your child’s development will be around that pacifier or that blanket or whatever that they’re putting in their mouth. Now, I know a lot of parents are like, well, how do I do that? Well, there are a couple things that I’ve heard that parents do, especially with the pacifier. The first thing is the Binky fairy, just like the tooth fairy, and this works especially well.

If your child has older siblings, so just as the older siblings, and the tooth fairy comes and gets the teeth of the older siblings, it might be a good idea to let the Binky fairy come and get your child’s Binky, then, of course, they put the monkey under the pillow. And the Binky fairy, or the pacifier, fairy or whoever, whatever you call, it, will come and take the monkey or the Pappy and put a prize underneath there so that they can take the binkies and give them to the babies that need those. Because if your child understands that, they’re no longer a baby, let them be a big boy or big girl, and let them know that they can get rid of all those big keys and give them to babies because they’re not a baby anymore.

The second thing that I’ve heard that works well is if you cut off the tip of the pacifier, now, cutting off the tip, it relieves the suction that gives them satisfaction. So, while it sounds a little bit mean, it serves the purpose of helping your child to say, you know what, I’m think I don’t want to do this anymore. Now, I know that a lot of parents are saying, why is this important?  You should know that continued use of the pacifier, the soft of the blanket, after a certain period of time, it causes the bite to form, not like it’s supposed to form so it causes an abnormal bite.

And the only way that that can be fixed or repaired is with braces. Now that usually gets my parents to thinking you know what, $5 for a Binky, or 1000’s of dollars for braces. So, you do the math. So, it’s a good time to break those oral habits if your child is indulging in them.

Now, I want to say one last thing. I really love how parents are coming in and making sure that their child gets used to coming to the dentist, which is especially important. Studies show that children who begin to come to the dentist at the age of one, they have fewer cavities, and they also have fewer apprehensions about coming to the dentist because they’ve been coming.

So, it’s a good idea to make sure that your child sees your pediatric dentist at the age of one. Most pediatric dentist will actually see your child for the first visit free. So, check it out in your area. Make sure that you keep those baby teeth healthy because they do serve a purpose. Well, that’s all I have for today. I want to thank you guys for joining me and for and for being here and all that kind of stuff. Pass on this knowledge.

And if you have any questions or any concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Y’all enjoy the weekend. And stay safe. Bye bye