The baby teeth of your newborn child will start appearing with the middle bottom teeth first. This should begin to happen typically between 6 -10 months. Since every child is different, please do not worry if their teeth appear earlier or later as compared to others. In case of any confusion, do not hesitate to contact your dentist.
Your baby needs lots of loving attention especially during the teething process. Also, a chilled but not frozen teething toy will do the trick.
Below is a list of facts to consider while caring for baby teeth.
Decoding the Teething Process
While your baby is teething, it’s imperative to understand their behavior. There are times when babies may feel stressed due to the discomfort associated with teething.
Here are some tips for decoding the teething process in your newborn baby.
- Never stop your baby from chewing to their heart’s content while teething. The right mouthing experiences will enable teeth to grow on time and in the proper sequence. Purchase teething toys that can help with the teething process. Go for toys that are large enough to ensure that they cannot be swallowed.
- During teething, you can expect your infant to experience mild symptoms like fever, runny nose, and diarrhea. If the symptoms are severe and prolonged they may be signs of something else and you should seek an opinion from your pediatrician . For emergency dental services, get in touch with your dentist.
- Likewise, it’s normal for the baby to drool while teething.
Caring for the Baby Teeth
Once your baby starts teething, it is time to look after them. By taking preventative care, it is possible to keep your tot’s teeth clean and cavity-free.
- Once your baby’s teeth start growing, ensure that you clean them twice a day with a soft-headed toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste specially developed for babies not adult toothpaste. Do not fret if you are unable to brush much at first. The important thing is to set a routine and get your baby used to the process. Set a good example by making them see you brush twice a day.
- Remember it may be challenging to start with, but persistence pays. Try to create a game out of the entire process and make it fun and exciting. Gently brush in small circles and encourage your baby to spit out the toothpaste afterward. Your dentist can show you the correct technique.
Preventing Dental Problems
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems, but fortunately it can be prevented by following some simple steps.
One major cause of tooth decay is the consumption of too much sugar in the diet. Avoid foods that contain a high amount of sugar.
Ensure that your baby does not sleep with a bottle of milk or juice in their mouth. The reason being the milk/juice can bathe the teeth in sugar for a pretty long period causing damaging effects on the teeth.
Remember it’s not just the amount but also the frequency with which sugary foods are consumed that matters. Therefore, try to keep your baby’s meals as balanced as possible and also avoid snacking between meals.
When is the Best Time to Take Your Baby to an Experienced Dentist?
New moms need to start taking their babies to the dentist from a very early age. It’s a good idea to take your baby with you while going for your own dental appointments. This will make them feel at ease when its their turn. Usually, your dentist will recommend regular checkups of your baby when they are between two to two and half years of age.
During the baby’s first visit dental visit, you can discuss with your dentist about:-
- Brushing techniques.
- The risk of tooth decay and preventative measures.
- Nutritional advice.
For more information on caring for your baby’s teeth, get in touch with United Dental Clinic, Warriewood.