GUEST POST 7 Quick Oral Care Tips for Babies
Good oral care begins when children are babies! In this article I am talking about tips for raising a baby with great teeth, mouth and bone structure. Be sure to follow the "7 Quick Oral Care Tips" below, so your child does not develop dental conditions such as sleep apnea later in life.
Tip # 1: Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is key. We all know that this puts a lot of pressure on a mom, however do everything you can to allow your child to breastfeed at least for a year. This tip is very important because through breastfeeding, the muscles that form the jaw bone and the lower face of your baby are correctly developed. Also, be sure to check for a tongue tie, since with it the breastfeeding would be very difficult.
Tip # 2: Be Judicious with Pacifiers
One of the most important baby oral care considerations are pacifiers. I'm not going to tell you not to use pacifiers at all, but hold off as long as you can. And don't just instantly give your baby a pacifier at any given time because it will just get used to it and rely on it. So, be very judicious with pacifiers.
Tip # 3: Avoid Some Teething Remedies
Avoiding some teething remedies such as benzocaine and numbing gels is a very good idea to protect your baby's oral health. You should be very careful with these, since those are chemicals which can harm babies' mouths. Your baby is going to ingest anything you put in their mouth, so giving fluoridated toothpaste for example, is definitely not a good thing for your baby.
Tip # 4: Make the First Dental Appointment.
I always recommend new parents to bring their baby to the office during their normally scheduled dental visit. The plan is that your child gets used to the whole process of that sterile white room, including the dentist and the dental hygienist. But the most important thing is that they're also seeing the parent, mom or dad, getting their teeth cleaned.
Tip # 5: Avoid Sending your Baby to Bed with a Bottle.
Always avoid sending your baby to bed with a bottle. That is probably the biggest cause of cavities at this age and they're difficult to fix. And it's very traumatic for your child to have cavities at that age, since in many cases dentists have to anesthetize your child with general anesthesia just to get the job done. And that's a really difficult thing to see as a parent!
Tip # 6: Proper Brushing
Another important oral care tip for babies is brushing. As a parent, you need to learn how to brush your baby teeth correctly. There are many resources online explaining how to introduce your child to a toothbrush and perform the brushing the proper way. Just be sure to stay away from toothpaste!
Tip # 7: Use Cod Liver Oil
The last tip I want to add is cod liver oil . Get your child used to sipping a cod liver oil out of a spoon. That alone can help the development of the child's face and teeth as well. It will make the teeth stronger and less likely to get cavities later on.
These 7 oral care tips will do so much good to your baby. Just doing these small tips mentioned above, will save you a lot later. And I'm not talking about just the expenses of fillings, but also the trauma of seeing your child have to go through uncomfortable dental procedures at age 4 or 5 or 6.
Dr. Peter Wong
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