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5 myths about caring for your baby’s teeth

There’s nothing quite like a baby’s smile. It can bring sunshine into the coldest moment and melt your heart with its purity. But did you know that a baby’s smile needs a great deal of protection? That’s right. We’re here to address some popular myths about caring for your baby’s teeth, so let’s dive right in.

 

 

1. All babies have the same teething symptoms

Not true. Some babies don’t show many symptoms, while others may develop a fever. If this happens, you may give the dose of medicine recommended by your pediatrician. Do note that if your baby’s temperature is higher than 101 degrees, it is likely to be something other than teething causing the spike. If your baby is fussing and unable to sleep, allow them to chew on a or frozen teething ring.

 

Even the age at which teeth first appears varies from baby to baby. Some get them as early as 5 months, while others may take up to a year. As long as your baby’s milk teeth have all arrived by the time they are 3, it should be fine.

 

2. Baby teeth are going to be replaced, so they don’t need care

Actually, milk teeth are placeholders for adult teeth. If they’re allowed to rot and fall, there will be gaps in your child’s gums, which will ruin the alignment of adult teeth when they push through. Decay is bad for the gums as well and can cause gingivitis with long term effects. Don’t forget to gently clean your baby’s teeth twice every day. Check the age on the , and replace them regularly, every 2-3 months would be good.

 

3. Cavities don’t matter

See myth #2! You can’t afford to let your baby’s teeth rot, as this will have far reaching consequences for their future dental health. Pay attention to the colour of your little one’s teeth. If they start yellowing with little brown dots or ‘pits’ on them, take extra care. Don’t let your baby drink from the bottle for long stretches, especially at night time. As they grow older, allow them to sip from cups rather than bottles.

 

4. Babies don’t need to see the dentist

Again, this is a myth. It’s best to take your baby to a dentist in the first year of their life, ideally some time before they turn one. This is mostly to establish a routine and rule out any major issues in the growing teeth. Try to see a paediatric dentist, as they’re trained to deal with baby and kid teeth.

 

5. They can start using toothpaste anytime

Conversely, some people believe they don’t need to use toothpaste until they’re much older. Actually, it’s best to use it between the ages of 2 and 3 is best, as this is when babies learn to spit out. According to dentists, fluoride toothpastes are best used by age 3. You will need to supervise their brushing till they’re much older, to ensure they don’t swallow toothpaste and that they reach all the teeth.

 

We hope these tips helped. Go forth, care for your lil’ one’s teeth and keep ‘em smiling!