That very small babies do not have teeth does not mean your oral health should be left aside, in fact, is important from birth to start with a routine of hygiene.
Dr. Joyce Huberman, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Universidad Andrés Bello of Chile, elaborated on this topic, where he advised the parents, who incorporate oral health first of all, in the upbringing of their children, since they form part of the overall health of the person, and thus interferes in the quality of life of this.
Huberman claims that the disease mouth most common in children are cavities, however they can be prevented. You must take into account that the baby will need healthy teeth not only for eating and chewing, but also when you are learning how to speak, for when you want to smile, and in addition to be able to have a good dental health in adulthood.
He also noted that the baby's care in this regard should begin during pregnancy, “because it has been shown that the transfer of cariogenic bacteria occurs through the mother.” By suggesting that mothers are concerned about the education, prevention, and treatments needed to decrease your own risk of cavities, as another way to ensure the future of your baby.
Routines of hygiene for the babies
- 0 to 6 months: The dr. Huberman recommended at this stage, after feeding, wipe their gums with a diaper-gauze or a wet gauze pad.
- 6 months to 1 year: Around 6 months of age they begin to get teeth. Should be incorporated in the hygiene with the use of a toothbrush especially for babies, brush their teeth only with water after meals (this includes nipples).
- From the 1st year onwards: from the year of age, parents must accustom the child to sleep with the bottle, and in the case of giving, that it only contains water. In addition, continue with the brushing at least 2 times a day.
The parents should educate the child about their eating habits, giving you a balanced diet that does not promote the development of tooth decay, avoiding carbonated beverages and juices sweetened.Read also: the teeth of The baby
During the stage of dentition is not recommended sweet cookies or salty, because they can cause tooth decay.
It is also critical to encourage the little ones to eat fruits, vegetables, and take in drinking water; this last is very important.
It is recommended to carry babies to the dentist before 2 years of age, to be able to perform the necessary preventive measures in each of its stages.
In terms of the use of toothpaste, it is recommended that you begin using once the parents are sure the child is not going to swallow, something that can occur around 3 years of age. Also, sand you should start with toothpastes formulated for children, because they have a lower concentration of fluorine, and are not harmful to the teeth of the small.
When you teach your child how to brush teeth don't forget to:
- Tell her that you do not need to occupy a lot of toothpaste, so only a small amount is enough (like the size of a pea).
- Remind you to rinse your teeth, removing all the toothpaste not to swallow it.
- It is necessary to change your toothbrush every 3 months.