Using a warm damp cloth after feed time to gently massage your childs gum is a great way of intruducing your baby to mouth cleaning. It is easy to do and prepares your baby to toothbrushing when the baby teeth decide to erupt.
Once feeing is finished its important to remove to source of food. This will prevent continuous suckling and extended exposure to sugars. Keeping feeding to times when your child is hungry because this reduces the time sugar is able to sit on your child’s teeth. Things like teddies, reading a book or singing a lullaby are great tools to settle your child, for instance. These are also great habits and bonding opportunities for both you and your baby.
If you are bottle feeding, breastmilk, formula, water or milk are the way to go. Because things like juice cordial, and soft drinks are bottle no go zone. This is because they are very high in sugar and therefore bad for your child’s teeth.
Firstly it is recommended to introduce your child to using a sippy cup by six months of age. However we understand that this is not always achievable. If not we recommend water only at bed time. Secondly, it is advisable that your child goes bottle free by 12 months of age. Thirdly, but most importantly, if your child is struggling to sleep without the bottle or the boob, you are not alone. There are now sleep practitioners available to offer assistance when your child isn’t sleeping.
And don’t forget dental tooth decay is a preventable disease. We suggest brining your child to the dentist by 12 months of age. This is will encourage a positive relationship between dentist and child. For further information regarding infant tooth decay, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Eumundi Dental on 07 5442 7556.