The importance of keeping your baby’s teeth healthy and introducing your child to good dental habits that are ingrained for life is only now starting to filter through to the main stream population. This guide gives parents all the key info you need at your fingertips.
When babies are born, you can’t see their teeth straight away, but they are actually hidden in the gums. This is why babies begin ‘teething’ after around six months, as their teeth start to push through. We recommend you start the best oral care for your child before the first tooth even comes through.
Simply wipe your babies gums with a soft wash-cloth after feeding. Just like adults, this helps remove the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
Once the teeth start to come through the gums, you can then start to brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Make sure that the amount of toothpaste is no bigger than the size of a grain of rice. Remember to use a soft bristle toothbrush to do this.
Reminder: Don’t forget to take the bottle away after your child finishes drinking. This is to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay can happen when babies drink milk, formula, or juice from their bottles over long periods of time. It can also occur if they regularly fall asleep with the bottle.
Teething generally starts occurring in babies at around six months. This means that the poor little tykes will be suffering from uncomfortably sore, red gums since their teeth will be pushing through for the first time. Some children start earlier – common signs of teething include swollen gums, increased chewing and dribbling, irritability and flushed cheeks.
Dummies were once a staple for babies and they might seem like a good idea to help with teething problems, but we (and the British Dental Health Foundation are in agreement) advise against making dummies a habit. The reason for this is that dummies place pressure on your baby’s mouth and can cause their fledgling teeth to move out of alignment.
Children have all their baby teeth by the age of three. These are called primary teeth. After this, the baby teeth begin to fall out around the age of six. This is when the permanent ‘adult’ teeth start to appear. Most permanent teeth will come through by age thirteen.
It’s also important to schedule your child’s first dental appointment as soon as their first baby tooth is visible. Many of our patients ask us when the best time is, so we highly recommend bringing them in as soon as their first tooth appears.
Here are some tips to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong starting from the age of three.
As children grow and more of their permanent teeth come in, a regular dental hygiene routine is crucial to keeping their teeth and gums healthy.
We also think that is can be harder to keep pre-teens interested in looking after their oral health, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to keep them engaged.
Author: James Goolnik
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