Want your kids to keep those healthy, shiny pearly whites as they grow? Well, who wouldn’t want that?
So, are you ready to learn the ultimate secret to having the perfect set of teeth? Well, brace yourself for this – it’s plain good old dental hygiene!
Did you think for a moment that there would be some rocket science discoveries here? Sorry if this disappointed you, but the secret lies in establishing a good dental routine at an early age (as soon as the first baby tooth comes out!).
A baby with good dental hygiene can avoid various dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and abscess. Beware, these dental problems are not only painful but may even require a treatment or two, which can be quite costly! Also, good dental hygiene can have a lasting effect on facial appearance and speech development.
Promoting the Development of Healthy Milk Teeth
Your baby’s teeth begin to develop before they are born. When your baby is around 6 to 9 months old, the first tooth (also called a milk tooth or milk tooth) will begin to erupt normally.
Take care of your baby’s milk teeth as if they were gold. They will serve as the basis for how mature teeth will eventually form.
How Can You Prevent Tooth Problems in Babies? Besides proper brushing and regular dentist visits, there are a few other things you can do to ensure your baby or any younger child’s teeth stay healthy. Here are some suggestions you may find helpful:
o Load calcium. Make sure your baby drinks enough milk and starts eating calcium-rich foods when he’s old enough. This helps ensure proper tooth development and can also help maintain good dental health.
oSay no to sugar! Avoid sugar-rich foods and drinks. You may also want to try sugar-free remedies whenever possible.
o Minimize contact with sugar – Sugar is in no way good for your baby’s dental health. But if it cannot be avoided, try to feed your baby sugary foods only at mealtimes. It will minimize the time sweet foods spend in your child’s mouth and can help reduce the risk of developing dental problems later on.
o Do not add sugar to the bottle. Sugary drinks in a bottle are a no-no because they can play an important role in promoting tooth decay. When feeding your baby juice, dilute it first and have it from a glass.
o Choose healthy alternatives – Offer your baby some cheese or fruit as a snack between meals. These contain essential nutrients vital to good dental health.
o Children who suck their thumbs or fingers should be prevented from doing so. This is an unhealthy dental habit that can affect the development of your baby’s teeth.
o Try to avoid using pacifiers (also known as pacifiers). These can also affect your baby’s teeth. And please, don’t dip it in honey or juices if you’re going to use it anyway! This will do twice as much damage!