Looking after babies teeth
Babies usually begin teething at 6 months old and it continues until about 3 years old. The first teeth that come through are the baby teeth and there are 20 in total. The first teeth to come through are usually two at the bottom followed by two at the top, this can vary although they tend to come through in pairs.
Although baby teeth are in the mouth for a short period of time, they are important because they help children eat nutritious food, they contribute to the face and jaw developing correctly, they help with speech and they maintain the space for the permanent teeth.
Helping babies have healthy teeth.
- Snacks and drinks. Lots of sugar in our diet comes from biscuits, ceral, cakes, drinks etc. Acid is produced from the sugar which causes holes to form in the teeth. Sugary food and drinks between meals can make this worse, so snacks and drinks without sugar between meals is best, water, milk etc. Natural sugars can also cause tooth decay.
- Drinking. Never leave a baby with a bottle as it can encourage the drink to stay in the mouth for longer, and don’t put fruit juice or sugary drinks in a bottle. Encourage the baby to drink from a free flowing cup from 6 months old and try to stop using bottles at 12 months old.
- Dummies. These can cause the teeth to grow out of line so if a dummy is needed then use an ‘orthodontic’ one. Never dip the dummy into anything sweet including fruit juice.
- Sugar free medicine. If the baby needs some medicine, always ask for the sugar free variety.
- Teeth. Brush all surfaces of the teeth right up to the gums. Do not wet the toothbrush before cleaning as this dilutes the toothpaste. Use a fluoride toothpaste of at least 1,000 ppm fluoride (level is marked on the tube). Brush teeth last thing at night and one other time during the day. Replace toothbrushes every 3 months.
- Visiting the dentist. Babies should have their first visit to the dentist by the age of 12 months.
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