- Consider cleaning your child’s gums with a soft finger brush or a moistened piece of gauze starting at birth.
- Do not let your child go to bed with a bottle containing any fluids other than water. Putting your child to bed with a bottle containing formula/milk/juice can result in an increased risk for tooth decay.
- At will breast-feeding should be avoided after introduction of solids into the child’s diet and weaning off the bottle is recommended between 12-14 months of age.
- Once the teeth begin to erupt, brush the teeth with a soft toothbrush. Apply a smear of fluoridated toothpaste for kids under 3 years of age. For children 3-6 years, a pea sized amount of toothpaste needs to be dispensed. This will limit the amount of fluoride swallowed by young children. Regular flossing is recommended if there are no spaces in between the teeth.
- Remember to clean the tongue everyday. Parental supervision is recommended until atleast 7-8 years of age to help them establish appropriate brushing and flossing techniques.
Between 6 months to 3 years, your child may have tenderness of their gums when the teeth erupt. This can be associated with increased irritability, drooling and low-grade fevers.
To help soothe teething pain, teething rings/soft spoons/ cold wet washcloth can be used. Due to safety concerns, THE USE OF OVER THE COUNTER TEETHING GELS or ANALGESICS IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
Finger & Pacifier Sucking
Thumb, finger and pacifier sucking are all normal for infants and children. These habits are usually discontinued between 2-4yrs of age.
If such habits persist they can cause tipping of the upper front teeth and result in an open bite posture and may also affect the growth and development of the jaws and bones that support the teeth.
We will examine your child during every visit to suggest appropriate interventions as required.