It’s important that you start protecting your baby’s teeth as soon as they pop up. Just because they are baby teeth that will eventually fall out doesn’t mean you can neglect them. Baby teeth secure the spacing for adult teeth, so if the babies go missing, the adults won’t come in properly. Also, keep in mind your child’s adult teeth are already formed inside the gums, so any decay on the baby teeth can spread downward.
Teeth rot when the natural bacteria that lives on our teeth consume sugar and produce acidic substances that wear away the teeth. Here are some ways you can prevent it.
- Brush those teeth as soon as they appear. If you can see white, it needs to be brushed. Use a child-sized toothbrush (which is less intimidating) and kid-friendly toothpaste.
- Before the teeth arrive, wipe down the gums with a clean wash cloth.
- Never put your child to bed with a bottle. This exposes them to rot from the sugars in milk and juice. It also makes them prone to ear infections. If your child happens to fall asleep with a bottle, remove it from his mouth right away. (This is also a choking hazard.)
- A bottle is not a pacifier. Don’t let your child walk around all day with a bottle in their mouth.
- Never dip a nipple (or pacifier) in any substance. Some parents dip these in sugar or honey to coerce their children to eat. Never do this because it lets sugar sit right on the teeth.
- Teach cup-drinking as soon as you can. When we drink from a cup, the liquids spend less time floating around the teeth.
- Offer more water. While your child may prefer juice, they rarely need it. Water doesn’t contain sugar. Even natural juices are loaded with sugar.
- Limit sweets. Like juice, sweets and candies have lots of sugar that erodes teeth. There are plenty of healthy and tasty sugar-free foods to eat.
- Teach your child to wipe off his teeth with his tongue after eating so leftover food doesn’t hang around the teeth and gums.
- Visit a pediatric dentist around the age of one. Often this is just a simple checkup and make sure the teeth are developing properly through the gums. It also helps to acclimate your child to the dentist before any cleaning or work has to be done.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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