Dental Health and Hygiene: How Parents Should Care for Their Baby’s Teeth

Dental Health and Hygiene: How Parents Should Care for Their Baby’s Teeth

Healthy teeth are indeed essential to your bay’ overall health and of course dental health. Teeth are important in assuring that your baby chew food and form words as well as sounds properly when they speak. They also impact the way your baby’s jaw grows, which indicates how important it is for parents to deal with assuring their baby’s good dental health and hygiene throughout their life. To help you out, let me point out some of the important points that parents need to know.

Little baby girl with green tooth brush

When will baby’s teeth come in?

Commonly, teeth will start coming in between the age of four and seven, but every baby is uniquely different. When your baby begins teething, you are likely to notice that he or she will begin to drool more or perhaps even want to chew on things he or she holds. The very first teeth to come in are generally the two bottom front teeth.

What can parents do to help their teething baby?

Teething, to some extent, may be painless, yet sometimes it can make your babies feel uncomfortable and a little bit fussy. Teething does not lead to fever, as what some parents may have incorrectly assumed. Taking to family doctor is of great help if the baby has a fever. What follows are essential on relieving baby’s discomfort and building good dental health for many years to come.

  • Giving your baby a cold teething ring or cold washcloth to suck or chew on

  • Rubbing your baby’s gum using clean finger

  • Asking your doctor if you can give the baby infant’s acetaminophen. Just don’t give your baby aspirin. This particular medicine can seriously cause Reye’s syndrome, which is serious illness which can result in death in children under the age of 18.

  • Asking your doctor if it is possible to use teething gels.


What about breastfeeding, sippy cups, and bottles?

Teething does not have to take issues with breastfeeding. You can actually go on to breastfeed you baby as usual if he or she begins the teething routine. If you give your baby a bottle, make sure that you always hold the baby when you feed him or her. Do not leave a bottle in the crib. And don’t let the baby fall asleep with the bottle, since the milk can pool in your baby’s mouth and eventually generate the bacteria triggering tooth decay.

Care for Their Baby’s Teeth

For the same reason, don’t give the baby a sippy cup or milk or juice in the crib. The baby can start using the sippy cup as she or he reaches the age of six months. Stop giving the baby a bottle as he or she reaches the age of one. It is also important not to let the baby walk around with a sippy cup unless it has water in it.

On the whole, it seems that parents have a lot of homework to do. Assuring dental health and hygiene for their baby and children in the later life surely calls forth an abundance of efforts.

 

 

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