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Tips for protecting your baby's deciduous teeth

Updated: 2020-05-09


The care of baby's milk teeth or deciduous teeth is related to the health of their teeth in adulthood, so how can we effectively protect them?

1. Pay attention to the oral hygiene of babies from birth.

Step 1: Whether the baby eats breast milk or milk powder, if he/she does not rinse their mouth after a meal, the remaining milk will be fermented in the mouth, breeding bacteria, thus affecting oral health. The oral environment is not good and the growing baby teeth will certainly be unhealthy. Therefore, from the birth of the baby, mothers should pay attention to their baby's oral cleanliness. After each feeding, they should feed the baby some boiled water, which will wash away residual food attached to the oral mucosa; or with gauze dipped in water, clean the baby's jaw, gums and tongue, so as to clean their mouth, stimulate their gums and also promote the eruption of deciduous teeth.

Step 2: After the baby's milk or temporary teeth emerge, more care should be done for the deciduous teeth. First of all, we should gradually reduce night feeding sessions for babies, because it is inconvenient for the baby to clean their mouth after feeding at night and the night is a good time for bacteria to secretly multiply. If night feeding continues, the baby will later easily decay their teeth.

Step 3: When the baby is about one and a half years old, the molars will grow slowly. The occlusal surface of the molars is relatively large and it is easy to accumulate food residues. If only using water is found to be insufficient to clean the mouth and teeth, then mother needs to teach the baby to brush their teeth in the mornings and evenings. When brushing teeth, clean the inner, outer and occlusal surfaces of the teeth in order.

2. Let the baby develop good eating habits.

(1). Feeding babies regularly and quantitatively.

Let children develop good eating habits from childhood, strengthen the digestive functions of gastrointestinal tract, digest well, absorb well, so children's teeth can grow healthier.

(2). Help children overcome the habit of a dietary bias and ensure a balanced nutrition.

Add complementary food to the baby in time. Correct any bad habit of partial eating by the infant and ensure that the baby's intake of nutrition is adequate and balanced. This will ensure the normal structure and shape of the teeth and improve the resistance of the teeth to dental disease. In addition, when the baby's deciduous teeth grow, attention should be paid to supplementing calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C and other nutrients. This can promote the development and calcification of the baby's teeth, ensure the health of periodontal tissues and reduce the possibility of dental lesions.

(3). Help your baby develop the correct breast-feeding posture.

Some babies have mandibular protrusion or retraction due to incorrect posture or improper bottle position when being fed. In the long run, it will lead to deformity of the baby's teeth and jaws, which will not only affect the baby's appearance, but also affect the development of the chewing function. The best position for a baby to be breast-fed is a semi-recumbent position with the bottle at a 90-degree angle to the lip and the nipple or feeding bottle, not pressing the upper and lower lips.

(4). Let your baby's teeth exercise.

Tooth-growing babies especially like biting harder things because their milk teeth grow to squeeze the periphery, which makes the gingival tissue itchy and painful. At this time, the mother can let the baby chew some hard things, such as biscuits, toast, apple slices, etc -- on the one hand to alleviate gingival discomfort and on the other hand, to exercise the masticatory muscles and promote the development of teeth and jaws.

3. Help the baby to correct bad behavior habits.

(1). Help your baby stop using feeding bottles and let the baby use cups as soon as possible.

Some babies like to suck the empty feeding bottle for a long time or sleep with the bottle in their mouths. This will leave food residue on the teeth in the mouth for a long time, promote bacterial reproduction and affect oral health. In addition, the baby often holds the bottle in their mouth, which could easily cause problems such as mouth tilting, with teeth biting being affected and could even lead to the mouth not being able to fully close. So, moms should find ways to get their babies to quit feeding bottles and use cups instead.

(2). Help your baby get rid of the bad habit of biting foreign bodies or licking their teeth.

If the baby still likes to suck their fingers, bite their fingernails or bite other foreign bodies after two or three years of age -- and if they like to lick their loose deciduous teeth with their tongue when they are losing their baby teeth -- the mother should intervene. This is because these bad habits will affect the arrangement of the baby's teeth and even affect the baby's face left and right development asymmetry, or could lead to abnormal word pronunciations and so on.

4. Take your baby to have oral and dental examinations in good time.

From the baby's first milk teeth, the mother should let the baby develop the habit of having oral dental examinations every six months, to help identify dental disease and conduct early treatment. At the same time, the dentist will put forward methods and suggestions to protect children's teeth according to their age and living habits.