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.
Baby teeth tend to sprout out at around four to six months – as soon as the first one appears, it needs gentle brushing because plaque is a problem no matter what the age.
You might want to also softly clean your baby’s gums with a clean wet cloth after feedings. This gets them used to dental hygiene from the earliest age and creates the ideal clean environment for their new teeth to appear.
You need to supervise children’s brushing until they are 7 years old.
Also advise them to spit but not to rinse after brushing.
Here are the steps that have been proven to work best:
A great tip is to brush your teeth in front of your baby as often as possible. Since children learn by copying, this will teach them to perceive brushing as a normal part of daily routine.
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.
Here are the best ways to help your little one through this trying time:
Dummies were once a staple for babies and 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.
We suggest you bring your baby along whenever you have an appointment, as this gets them familiar with the sounds and smells of a dental surgery. The first time to book your little one in for a baby dental check-up is usually around 18 months.
Being vigilant about caring for your baby’s teeth and gums from a very young age not only prevents problems developing as they grow bigger, it also ensures your child becomes used to good dental hygiene as an essential part of everyday life. If you’ve any questions about your baby’s teething issues or other dental problems, our trained staff of dentists and dental hygiene specialists are on hand to help.
Remember if either parent is a regular patient at Bow Lane Dental we do not charge for routine check-ups and prevention for your children up to the age of 16.