In May of 2001, the Office of the Surgeon General released its report on oral health in America. It was found that
- Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.
- Millions of school hours are lost each year to dental-related issues.
- Poor suffer twice as many dental problems than their affluent peers.
With statistics like these, it’s increasingly critical to place more importance on our children’s oral care routines.
Most baby teeth appear between 6and 10 months. In some children teeth appear as early as 3 months. In others, they don’t arrive until around 12 months.
- Gently rub your baby’s gum with clean finger- make sure to wash your hands first.
- Cook mushier foods for baby which needs less chewing.
- Give your baby something firm, like a sugar free Rusk, to suck on.
Start caring for baby’s gums before the first tooth appears. Wipe your baby’s gums using clean gauze. As soon as teeth arrive, you can clean them twice a day (in the morning and before bed). Wrap a gauze or cotton around your finger and wipe the front and back of each of your baby’s teeth.
Once your baby is 18 months old, you can use a pea sized amount of low fluoride tooth paste on the toothbrush.
- Place your baby in a position where you can see his mouth, and he feels secure.
- Cup your baby’s chin in your hands, with his head resting against your body.
- Clean his teeth using soft, circular motions.
- Lift his lips to brush the front and back of the teeth and at the gum line.