My baby’s teeth
- Facilitate the eruption of milk teeth.
During a dental eruption, it is advisable to use a teething ring and put it in the refrigerator but not in the freezer: in fact, the cold is an excellent pain reliever. You can also massage baby’s gum with a clean finger and a specific balm to relieve it. On the other hand, do not rub the gum with hard bread or sugar, you will increase the risk of cavities.
In case of fever associated with teething, give medicine for fever in a dose appropriate for the weight and age of the child.
- Cavities before 3 years : is it possible ?
It’s entirely possible. Early decay first affects the incisors before spreading to all the teeth. They can concern children of 6 months and have important repercussions on the permanent teeth and the development of the oral sphere and learning.
- Cavities are caused by eating sugary foods.
They are caused by long, repeated exposure to sugary liquids (eg, bottle sucked during the day and / or at night). If your child needs a bottle to fall asleep, prefer water. But if he needs to drink anything other than water before bed, brush his teeth right after to prevent his teeth from sticking to the sugar overnigh.
- Good oral hygiene is essential to prevent cavities.
Brushing the teeth twice a day as soon as the first baby teeth appear with a suitable toothbrush. Spit out excess toothpaste without rinsing. Brushing performed by an adult up to 5 years old and supervised by an adult up to 7-8 years old.
- We must also be vigilant with regard to parent / child contamination.
Indeed, decay is a contagious and bacterial disease. Although bacteria are not present in a child’s mouth when they are born, they are often passed on from parents. To limit the risk of bacterial transmission and the appearance of cavities, be sure to avoid :
– Use your child’s spoon to check if the dish is not too hot;
– Use the same cutlery as your child;
– To put the pacifier in your mouth to clean it;
– To kiss your child on the mouth.
- Your child sucks his thumb or a pacifier : chat are the risks ?
In both cases, the consequences are significant for the development of the child. In addition to dental malposition, there is the risk of deformities of the palate and defects in the growth of the jawbones, with repercussions on breathing, swallowing and phonation (speech). It’s not always up to parents to decide, but the anatomically shaped pacifier is less of a burden than the thumb. In any case, these habits should be stopped as soon as possible and before the appearance of permanent teeth.
(source : ufsbd)