It is necessary to start brushing your baby’s teeth right after the first one came through. You can do that with a special baby toothbrush and a small drop of fluoride toothpaste.
It goes without saying that you must get your little one used to the brushing procedure as a daily routine. Never forget that you are the first example to your kid, so better be a good one! Your kid should see how diligently you brush your grinders every day and it will not take too long for your little one to indicate his or her willingness to copy your actions.
Secrets Of Tooth Brushing For The Littlest
- Some kids dislike the brushing procedure. That is why you have to be patient and keep trying. What do all children like? Sure, they are thrilled with different games that bring fun. Turn the every-day procedure into a game. Brush your teeth together with your kid. In such a way, you will show a good example and will be able to control the whole process.
- Up to the age of 3 years use a tiny amount of toothpaste. When your child is aged from 3 to 6, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- In order to make the brushing procedure more comfortable, you can sit your little one on your knee while his or her head will be resting against your chest. If you are a parent of an older child, you can stand behind him or her and tilt the child’s head backwards.
- With the age you can gradually start brushing your kid’s teeth more thoroughly. Make sure you cover all the surfaces of the grinders. Don’t forget that not only adults, but also kids should brush their teeth at least twice a day.
- The teeth should be brushed in small circles. Make sure your child spits the toothpaste out after the procedure. Do not rinse the kid’s mouth with water after brushing as water will wash away the fluoride.
- Help your little one with brushing at least until he or she is 7 years old.
- Control the whole process. Keep an eye on your kid so he or she does not swallow or lick the toothpaste.
Baby Visits To The Dentist
Visits to the dentist should start early. Your children can get used to the idea if you take them to the dentist for your own appointments.
Sweets And Caries
Everybody knows that sugar provokes tooth decay. It is even not the amount of this substance in drinks and food, it is how often and how long the teeth are in direct contact with sugar.
Sweets and sweet beverages bring a particular harm. They simply bathe the grinders in sugar for a long time. Even fruit juice and squash contain acid that damages teeth.
Fruit and milk naturally contain sugars. Though, these sugars are less harmful, so you and your children should not stop consuming them.
Tips On Cutting Down Sugar In The Kid’s Meals
- Check the whole family’s sugar intake and make conclusions.
- When your kid begins eating solid foods, make sure you encourage him or her to consume savoury drinks and foods containing no sugar as well. Purchasing pre-prepared baby foods and drinks, do not forget to check if there is sugar there.
- Start offering your baby drinks in a non-valved free-flowing cup when he or she is 6 months old.
- Don’t forget that the most useful drinks for the little ones are water and milk. So, do not try to offer sugar-sweetened beverages to your child.
- Avoid giving sweets or biscuits to your kid. Make sure you warn your friends and family about this rule.
- In case your child needs medicine, consult your pharmacist if it is possible to stick with a sugar-free kind of medicine.
- Never use bottles for sugary drinks or juices otherwise the risk of decay will increase. Meanwhile, it is OK to use bottles for cooled boiled water, expressed breast milk or formula milk.
- During the night or at bedtime, do not give your baby other drinks than cooled boiled water, breast milk or formula milk.
- In case you choose to give sweets to your little one, make sure you do it during the mealtime. Fruit juice should be diluted 1 juice part to 10 water parts.
You must realize that glucose, sucrose, hydrolysed starch, fructose, maltose and dextrose are sugars. Syrup pr invert sugar, cane sugar, concentrated fruit juices, honey, muscovado sugar, brown sugar and raw sugar are all sugars as well.
What About The Dummy?
It is OK if your baby has a dummy. Though, make sure to get rid of it after your kid is 1 year old. After this age dummies can provoke an open bite (that is when teeth move in such a way making space for the dummy).
A common mistake among young mothers is dipping the dummy in something sweet like jam or sugar. Also, make sure you discourage your little one from making sounds or talking with a dummy. Your child should not talk with his or her thumb inside the mouth either.