It’s well known that healthy teeth are helpful in maintaining overall health. These tiny army of white pearls help the child to chew food, make sounds & words and help in speaking. The dental care should start even before the teeth start appearing in baby’s mouth. Because if you can’t see teeth in the baby’s mouth it doesn’t mean that they are not there. They are present beneath the gum pads. So caring for the gum pads is also very essential as early good oral habits leads to the best lifetime habits.
Care For The Gum Pads (Before Eruption Of Teeth)
1st tooth generally appears from 4th-7th month of age for although it is different for every child. At this age babies are generally bottle fed. Never let your child sleep with a milk bottle or juice in his/her mouth. Always bottle feed your child yourself. If the child has the habit of sleeping with the bottle, give him bottle filled with water. This should be avoided as the sugar in the milk or juice promotes bacterial growth in the oral cavity. This harmful bacterium gets pooled in the mouth while the child is asleep. Clean your child’s gum pads with clean, wet muslin cloth. Give them a cold teething ring to soothe their gum irritation.
Good quality rubber teethers are already available in the market to help your child chew on when he/she is near teething. When child has one or two teeth in mouth, clean them with wet gauze piece or soft cloth to clear the plaque film formed over the teeth which are full of bacteria.
Be patient with your child when he/she is teething. Being crancking is a part of the teething process. Consult a specialist to enquire about a soothing gel so that your baby can get relived of the pain.
Some important tips for good oral health of your baby:
Wean off the bottle by 1 year of age.
By the age of 18-24 months, start brushing your baby’s teeth with non- fluoridated toothpastes.
Check for any alarming symptoms in the oral cavity like brown spots on teeth or redness in the gums.
Visit the dentist regularly as it also helps the child to be familiar with the dental clinic environment.