Taking care of your child smile as an adult starts now. As parent, you have the most important role to help and lead your kid develop a proper oral hygiene. You can find here some recommendations that may help you as parents.
DURING THE TEETHING:
Your baby will start teething around the age of 3-4 months. The gum start to be inflamed and sore. Symptoms can last for just few days, or for as long as several months.
These are common signs of teething:
- Swollen and bulging gums
- tooth visible below the gum
- Trouble sleeping
- Trying to bite, to chew and to suck on everything
- Rubbing the face
- Rejecting food
- Grabbing ears
But some others are more alarming like fever, diarrhea and rash. If these conditions persist in time more than 24 hours, please contact your pediatrician.
Here are some teething hacks that will soothe your baby’s aching gums:
- add breast milk to an ice tray with pacifiers. Freeze tray that will help relieve pain from your baby’s sore gum.
- freeze a washcloth soaked in chamomile tea. Once cold give it to baby to chew on. Not only will it soothe gums and collect drools, it will also help them relax and fall asleep.
- cold applesauce will feel good gently sliding over your baby’s gums and makes for a great snack. Add cinnamon to enhance flavor.
TEETH ERUPTION SEQUENCE:
The first pearly white typically peeks through when a baby is between 4 and 7 months old, but it’s perfectly normal for it to show up quite a bit later. If there‘s still no tooth in sight when your baby reaches 18 months old, mention it to her/his doctor who may refer you to a pedodontist.
WHEN YOUR BABY STARTS GETTING THE FIRST TOOTH
- At about 8 months, starts your infant drinking from a cup as this reduce the time that decay-producing sugars in contact with the teeth.
- No bottles to bed!! No bottles to bed filled with anything other than water.
- Early childhood caries is serious condition caused by frequent exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar.
- Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.
- Introduce your infant to tooth cleaning as the teeth appear. As infant are unable to control swallowing, no toothpaste at all should be used at first and then a tiny amount of low fluoride toothpaste later on.
An excess of fluoride increase dental fluorosis risk. Be careful!!
- Brush teeth with soft bristles brush twice daily (morning and before bed time) and floss once daily.
- Let your child brush first when teaching him/her, then help them with their brushing.
- Don’t be concerned at first with trying to brush all the teeth at each session.
- Reinforce your teaching with positive role modeling, make sure your child sees you brush and floss regularly, they will want to mimic you.
- Let them play with a toothbrush anywhere in the house so that they are comfortable with it -monitor- not to let them run around with it unwatched)
- At about 18 months-2 years, take your child to the dentist for a check-up and to become accustomed to dental visits.
- How can you help your child quit thumb sucking?
Prolonged thumb sucking lead to malocclusion, malformation of the roof of the mouth, may develop speech problems as pronunciation and lisping. Be supportive and talk to your child about it. Distract him/her by offering other comfort objects as pacifiers. As pacifiers make less damage to the oral structure. You can use over the counter nontoxic bitter paints.
It’s the habit of sealing the mouth for swallowing by thrusting the top of the tongue forward against the lips. It pushes teeth out of alignment and interfere with proper speech development. If you notice this, consult a speech pathologist.
Means holding the lower lip beneath the upper front teeth. It results in an overbite and the same kinds of problems as with thumb sucking and tongue
- Brown spots: if soft brown or black spots appear on the tooth, with progression slowly toward the chewing surface of the tooth, you need to book an appointment with your dentist
- Chalky white spots: first appear as dull white bands on the smooth surface of the tooth at the gum line, followed by yellow or brown discoloration. They are indicative of early decay or weakened enamel.
It may be reversible with exposure to topical fluoride and plaque removal. If left untreated it will lead to cavitation!!
Dental consultation is necessary
Green stains: on the cervical third of the labial surface of the maxillary incisor associated with chromogenic bacteria and plaque.
THE TOOTH BRUSH SONG (sing the tune of row, row, row your boat).
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them every day
We put tooth paste on your brush
To help stop tooth decay
Floss, floss, floss your teeth
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!
Clean, clean, clean your teeth
Clean the everyday!
Your teeth will shine for years to come
In the most beautiful way!
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you’ll have if it’s done this way.