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Oral Hygiene for your little one
If your babies first pearly white has made an appearance, you're probably wandering when it is time to start brushing your babies teeth!
I have consulted with the oral hygienist at my workplace to find out more information!
This is the advice I have received;
As soon as your babies first tooth appears, through the gum, an oral care routine should be implemented. (Before baby has teeth, you can wipe their gums with a damp cloth or gauze, after feeds, to get them use to the idea of cleaning in their mouth. This is however not mandatory ) Sugars, that are present in breastmilk as well as formula and solids, can cause plaque formation and tartar build up on babies teeth. This can lead to cavities developing. It is recommended that you start with a food grade silicone finger brush after which you can slowly introduce a baby bristle toothbrush. This will get baby use to the concept of brushing. No toothpaste is necessary before the age of 2 years (Unless otherwise recommended by your dentist) Clean the teeth twice a day with the finger brush. This will also help soothe sore and itchy gums during teething!
It is also recommended that you schedule babies first dental appointment at around 18 months of age. This is when most of the baby teeth will have erupted. Introducing baby, from a young age, to the dentist can set a positive tone for future dental visits.
Things to avoid that can increase the likelihood of childhood dental disturbances;
1. Overuse of a pacifier/dummy
2. Sugary snacks and drinks
3. Letting baby fall asleep with a milk/juice bottle in their mouth.
Baby teeth may be small, but they're important. They act as placeholders for adult teeth. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly.
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