18 October 2011
How to Care for your Babies Teeth
A child's first teeth are important, as speech and the child's appearance are strongly influenced by emerging teeth. According to Dr Agim Hymer of First Bite Dental, dentistry for children is all about education and prevention. Increase the likelihood of your children having strong cavity free teeth by including the following tips in your child’s routine:
- Even before they have teeth, infants should have their gums cleaned. Use a gauze pad or infant washcloth after feedings and before bedtime.
- Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.
- Brush your children’s teeth until they are three years old, then start encouraging them to join in. Children under four should use a simple brushing technique such as a small circular brushing motion.
- Take your children to the dentist with you for a quick check up and to familiarise them with the process. Even if they just have a ride in the chair for now!
- Make teeth brushing fun by brushing your teeth together. You can set a good example and your child can learn by watching and imitating you.
From six months of age, Jack n' Jill Natural Toothpaste can help make teeth brushing fun with their tasty range of children's toothpaste. With xylitol to fight tooth decay and organic calendula to soothe gums, children will be enthusiastic to learn about oral hygiene with the delicious certified organic flavours on offer (think blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, banana and blackcurrant). Combine by brushing with the BPA-free Jack n' Jill Toothbrushes or silicone finger brushes and your child's first teeth will be off to a great start!