Baby teeth

Happy Tuesday,

I know most new parents want to know how to raise a perfect human being. I do not know the answer to this question but I know a thing or two about how to look after babie’s new teeth:

Oral hygiene must begin as soon as teeth emerge into oral cavity.

Wipe teeth initially with gauze. cloth to remove surface plaque and food debris, this will not arouse the child who has fallen asleep on breast or bottle.

As more teeth emerge start brushing, dry, not on bathroom counter.
Initially toothpaste flavor may be too strong and foaming action frightens young children.

Add toothpaste to brush when baby is 12-24 months.
Toothpaste should not be more than the size of a pea.
Use fluoridated toothpaste (since fluoride fights cavity).

Parents should brush baby’s teeth at least once a day, before bed at night for 2-3 minutes.
Until your child is able to tie her shoelaces or hold fork.

Baby’s diet:
– breast feeding is still the best
– never place child in bed with bottle
– avoid sugar and salt

Teething:
– when baby’s teeth are coming in, they will be irritable and drooling
– they will have loose stools and low grade fever
– drooling will cause lose of fluid and hence more acidic urine which can cause rash
– their gums will be sore
– their sleep and eating patterns will be disrupted

Teething management:
– chilled teething ring or cloth
– lots of fluids

In order to prevent dental problems first visit to the dentist should be between 6-12 months of age.

I hope this helps.

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