Baby Teeth

 

Most baby teeth don’t start erupting until around 6-9 months of age and they can appear tiny and insignificant. Baby teeth last a lot longer. The front teeth may fall out at age 6 or 7, but the backs ones stay until you’re 12 or 13. They are also really important for guiding the development and positioning of the secondary teeth. 

Enamel is the protective outer layer of the tooth. In some kids they don’t form properly, leaving them to tooth sensitivity and decay. But the biggest cause of early tooth decay is prolonged feeding with bottles of infant formula or breast milk. Milk contains lactose, a sugar when combines with plaque, helps to erode the enamel of primary teeth. The high use of sugary foods and drinks, such as juice and also sweets, is also a factor.

This is why, it is important to set up good oral cleaning habits early. Even before your bub’s teeth appear, keep the baby’s gums and mouth clean because babies are also susceptible to diseases such as mouth ulcers and oral thrush. Once the buds appear, you can wipe each tooth with a wet cloth, front and back, after each feed. You can also start using a small or soft toothbrush and water from the moment that first tooth comes out. Toothpaste is not recommended until 18 months of age.

Try to set up a good feeding and sleeping habits early. Never put anything else into your child’s bottle apart from breast milk or water.  Also, avoid adding lemon, honey or sugar to the food and drinks. Once the baby starts on solids, make sure he or she is getting a wide variety of nutritious foods those are rich in calcium and low in sugars and acids. Also provide them with plenty of water and liquid foods as they are easier to digest than solid foods. Finally, take care of your own oral health to get a healthy oral hygiene for your baby.

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