This article by Dr.VijayaRaghavan , who is pursuing MDS degree in Annamalai in the department of Pedodontics. You can contact him via his e mail email@example.com or can leave him a comment at his blog spot www.pedodon.blogspot.com
Caries(decay) is a transmissible disease like common cold..
Decayed tooth in a pregnant mother can make the developing fetus.
prone for decay later in her/his life.
Bacteria causing Decay can be transmitted among the family and peer
groups. So for a child to be free of decayed teeth both the parents
and the siblings should be free of decayed teeth. Dental care should
begin(pre-natal period) once the mother realises her pregnancy.
“prevention is better than…..” this we know but as a Pediatric dentist i would say “intact 20 perfect 32″ … this 20 is ur number of milk teeth and 32 is ur permanent teeth.. a good set of milk teeth is mandatory for a healthy permanent dentition.
Prevntive dentistry includes both Parental as well as a systematic professional care.. Oral hygiene measures and diet can be taken care of by the parents but fluoride application and pit and fissure sealants can be placed only Dentist. So ask ur dentist about them or consult a Paediatric dentist..
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY RECOMMENDS THE FIRST DENTAL VISIT OF A CHILD SHOULD BE WITHIN SIX MONTHS AFTER THE ERUPTION OF FIRST TOOTH (check that in google… TYPE AAPD)
Moreover its mandatory for a lactating mother to consult a Paediatric
dentist on HEALTHY FEEDING PRACTICES…
This video shows in an animated way the teeth care for children
This film is an educational tool used to train dental professionals in the “D-Termined Dental Program of Repetitive Tasking
This particular slide describes about one of the most common caries affecting the children Rampant Caries.