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A Guide To Oral Care For Babies Up To 2 Years Old

Regular dental examinations are essential for a growing baby, especially during the first 2 years, as the milk teeth begin to emerge. Any issues that are not addressed could turn into something serious at a later date, and if you are soon to become a parent, here are some useful tips on maintaining baby’s oral hygiene and growth.

Remove The Nipple

Whether breast or bottle feeding, once baby has had enough, remove the nipple, as you don’t want him to get into the habit of sucking. This can automatically lead to thumbsucking – a main cause of bucked teeth – so, while it might seem to comfort him, don’t let him suck when not actually feeding. Of course, you should register junior at Noosa and Noosaville‌ ‌dentist Tewantin Dental Centre, who are fully equipped for tiny patients and are great with kids of all ages.

Introduce The Cup

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Six months is the right age to introduce the baby to a cup, and while sucking milk is perfectly natural, it should not be prolonged, as it stresses the teeth. A suitable plastic cup will also help them with motor skills – holding and positioning the cup – and will encourage development in all areas.

Initial Oral Evaluation

Sometime in the baby’s second year, you should register at your local clinic and book for an examination. This will involve the dentist checking bite and correct alignment, both of which are crucial for development, and you can begin to brush baby’s teeth at around 6 months, just be sure to use a very small and very soft toothbrush, one that is designed for a child of that age.

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Avoid Sugar

Babies do not need sweet things and by avoiding sweet drinks from the word go, you are setting up for a healthy lifestyle. Our likes and dislikes are born at an early age and getting baby into the right habits ASAP is always recommended. Sugary diets virtually assure tooth decay, and you can always set a good example by avoiding them yourself. If you are in any doubt as to whether your baby’s diet is bad for their teeth, consult with your dentist. There are informative articles available online on how to protect your baby’s teeth, which would further help every parent.

Avoid Comforters

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Formerly known as “dummies” these comforting devices are a prime cause of teeth issues and for that reason, should be avoided at all costs. Furthermore, once a child becomes familiar with the comforter, he or she will demand it all the time, making it harder to stop. If possible, deter junior from thumb sucking, as this will exert stress on the front teeth, and it is only for a few months that the baby will have this urge and if you can make it through that stage, sucking will never become an issue.

From around the age of two, your baby should have regular dental examinations to ensure correct alignment and overall development, and with all of the above, your child should have the best possible start in life. If you have any other valuable tips, I would love to hear from you in the comments!

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