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How to take care of your baby’s teeth

How to take care of your baby’s teeth

Experts say parents all know regular brushing, a healthy diet and dental visits are some of the best ways to prevent cavities, but many parents are falling short when it comes to oral hygiene.

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and to keep in mind to ensure your little one heads down a path of good oral hygiene.

1.Ensure to use only a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste to prevent fluorosis, a condition caused by overexposure to fluoride in the first eight years of life that can lead to permanent discolorations of adult teeth. Remember, your child also is exposed to fluoride via tap water.

2. Once the first tooth breaks through, it's time to start brushing twice a day and take your little one to the dentist within six months of her first tooth showing up, or around her first birthday, whichever comes first.

3. The bacteria that cause tooth decay can be transmitted to babies from affected children and adults. Prevent the transfer by avoiding sucking, biting or chewing your baby's food prior to feeding.

4. Keep in mind that even though baby teeth aren't permanent, they're still important. They help shape your little one's face, and save a spot for the adult teeth once they're ready to come in.

Besides, find out the biggest mistakes that many parents are making and should learn as below:

1.Letting kids brush alone
Since most children don’t have the motor skills to brush effectively until they’re 8 years old, parents need to supervise brushing and check to make sure every surface of each tooth is clean.

2. Putting baby to bed with a bottle
Avoid giving your child sweet liquids, formula or milk at naps or bedtime, the habit keeps the acids in these liquids may stay around the teeth as the child sleeps, causing enamel to break down and leading to decay and cavities. If your baby wakes up at night for a bottle or to nurse, wipe out her mouth with gauze or a soft cloth or brush if she has teeth.

3. Offering “healthy” foods
Bananas, raisins, and whole-grain crackers seem like healthy fare but foods that are sticky and have concentrated sugars like these will sit in the grooves of the teeth and create cavities. Instead of nixing them entirely, eat them with meals— when there’s more saliva— and always brush afterwards, said Dr. Joseph Banker, founder of Creative Dental Care in Westfield, N.J.

4. Loading up on sports drinks
A common cause of tooth decay in older kids is sipping on sports drinks and soda at lunch, at games and at home. By bathing their teeth in acid all day, there’s no opportunity for the PH to re-balance, Banker said. If you can’t persuade your child to completely nix it from his diet, encourage him to limit the amount, then drink it and be done with it.

Updated : 2021-09-23 00:34 GMT+08:00