Effective Tips that Will Help You Take Care of Your Baby's Teeth

 


Our children are our most precious treasures. 

We want to do everything right, yet there is so much to learn. This is particularly true when it’s baby number one. Dental care is something that every parent needs to put in place right from the start. Let’s take a brief look at what this entails.


Understand Odontiasis

The condition known as odontiasis occurs when a new tooth begins to break through the gums. The process of teething begins in the uterus before birth. Babies demonstrate such symptoms as drooling, chewing things (such as toys or fingers), and having red cheeks or sore gums. They can also become irritable and rub their ears, and display a slight temperature during the process.


Treating Without Medication

It is possible to distract a baby and also to comfort it in one, by gently rubbing the baby’s gums. Use a clean finger, knuckle, or wet gauze. A cold spoon can also be used, or a chilled ring that is specially designed for this purpose. The latter must under no circumstances be frozen, as it can damage the baby’s gums. Babies can be kept content as they chew on these rings. They may be made of plastic or rubber. Don’t tie one around the child’s neck or wrist as it is a potential strangling hazard. 


When a baby reaches six months of age, it can be given vegetables or raw fruit to chew on. Bread crusts or breadsticks are the other options. Watch the baby at all times as these can create a choking hazard. Some people recommend rusks, but they should be avoided as they contain sugar which is bad for the teeth. When the baby dribbles as a result of odontiasis, it is important to keep drying the side of its mouth. This will prevent a rash breaking out on the skin. 

Treating With Medication

When a baby is three months old it can be given sugar-free baby paracetamol. Aspirin should never be given to a child under the age of 16. Some people use a special gel that contains a small quantity of local anaesthetic. According to the NHS of Great Britain, there is no evidence that it is actually effective. Not only does it get washed away very quickly, but it can make the back of a child’s throat go numb. This can reduce the baby’s ability to swallow. In a similar way, there is no proof that homoeopathic remedies are effective in helping babies with odontiasis issues. Any medication that contains benzoquinone or lidocaine should not be used. 


Diarrhoea, fever, and vomiting are quite normal symptoms of odontiasis. If the baby’s temperature exceeds the true fever range of 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C, a doctor must be called. The same thing is true if the symptoms are preventing the baby from eating or drinking. 

Take Good General Dental Care

As disruptive as odontiasis can be, it is important to stick to the same nightly routine as much as possible.  A baby’s gums should be wiped with a soft, clean cloth twice a day. Do this after the morning feed and before bedtime. This will help remove any dirt and bacteria build-up. 

Be a Pro at Tooth Cleaning

It’s an exciting moment when a baby has its first tooth. In order to clean a baby’s teeth, the child should be held on the parent’s knee. A small, soft toothbrush can be used twice daily. When the baby is six months old it can have fluoride toothpaste. This will fight tooth decay because it hardens the tooth enamel. The amount applied should be slightly smaller than a rice grain. It’s safer not to rinse this out of the baby’s mouth. At the age of three, the child should begin to spit. 


The tooth cleaning process should be achieved in a rotary motion; first one side of the tooth and then the other. Concentrate on one area of the mouth at a time. If the brush is used from side to side in a sawing action, this will actually damage the baby’s gums. The key thing is to establish a routine for the baby that results in a lifelong habit. When it reaches one year of age, it is time to book the first dental appointment. Also, speak to the paediatrician about fluoride varnish. 


When a baby’s teeth and gums are correctly stewarded, it will benefit them both now and in the future. This is because early dental care has implications for the quality of the eventual adult teeth. When a daily routine of oral care has been set in place, the child will learn how to value its teeth and to look after them throughout life.


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