As soon as your baby starts teething, it is time to take their oral health into consideration. Teething is an important developmental milestone for your child. You can start introducing new foods into their diet, and you need to make sure that your daily routine supports their oral health. Getting your child into their first dental appointment by their first birthday is a good way to put them on a lifelong path of good oral health. Your pediatric dentist is able to assess their risk of developing tooth decay as a young child. Here are three steps to ensure that your teething child develops a healthy smile.
Give your child a diet that supports oral health.
As your pediatrician will tell you, you should start introducing semi-solid foods to your child after six months. They are then able to swallow and digest more complex foods than formula. You can include dairy products such as yogurt to help strengthen their teeth as they emerge. Dairy foods are rich in calcium and help to fortify teeth as they lose mineral mass. They are also rich in vitamin D and can help to strengthen your child's new teeth as they begin to chew more complex foods.
Brush your baby's gums as soon as teething begins.
Your baby's gums begin to open up as teeth erupt through their surface. This leaves their gums vulnerable to infection. Begin brushing your baby's gums with a soft toothbrush and warm water as soon as teething begins. This not only stimulates their gums and provides relief from the pressure of teething but also keeps their open gums from developing infections. This also exposes them to a healthy habit early on. As they grow older, they are going to be more likely to brush their teeth responsibly.
Keep a separate set of eating utensils for your baby to use.
As your baby starts eating more foods, they are going to become curious about what is on your plate. If you intend to share foods with your baby, do so with a separate set of utensils. Your baby can catch a cavity causing bacteria from your saliva. Mutans streptococci is especially common in adults who already suffer from tooth decay. Transmitted via saliva, it increases your child's likelihood of suffering from tooth decay before they are even school-aged. You should also avoid kissing your child on the mouth and blowing on their food.
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