There is a tendency for some parents to be under the impression that baby teeth do not need as much care as adult teeth as they will be lost anyway. It is important that your baby visits a dentist before his or her 1st birthday in order to diagnose any dental problems early. Once a child is weaned from the breast or bottle onto solid food there is a great risk of tooth decay which can effect the way the child is able to chew food. Teeth should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush or a cloth and water as soon as they appear, this should be done twice daily.
As well as ensuring oral comfort for your baby, a proper dental care routine is essential to teach your child good dental habits for the future. Dentists can’t stress enough the advantages of preventative care of the the teeth in order to avoid serious dental problems in the future.
Cleaning your baby’s teeth is important but so too is diet. Avoid the obvious sugary foods and drinks and stick to tooth friendly snacks such as fruit, vegetables and cheese. Baby bottles can also be the source of dental problems in children as the juice in the bottle can stay in contact with the teeth and cause cavities and tooth decay. This condition is known as “bottle mouth” and the teeth can become pitted and discolored. Helping your child to learn to drink from a cup at an early age can significantly reduce the risk of this condition and it is important to never put them to bed with a bottle.
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