Dental Hygiene in Babies

Christmas sweets are here and after eating them you have to set an example and brush your teeth to avoid cavities.

There are many people who think that the care of baby teeth is of little importance because they will be replaced by permanent teeth, but nothing further from the truth.

Tooth decay is an infectious disease, chronic, multifactorial, frequent in childhood that can have repercussions in the general health of the baby and child as intense pain, hospitalizations, treatments with high cost, decrease of the development and of the quality of life.

Baby teeth are very important for the child to chew and swallow well, to speak correctly, to maintain space for permanent teeth and to develop a healthy self-esteem.

The main source of bacteria that cause cavities in babies is usually acquired through the saliva of mothers, fathers and/or caregivers.

Here are some tips to avoid cavities:

  • The daily oral cleaning from the appearance of the first baby tooth, as well as the use of dental floss when the teeth have made contact.
  • Avoid nocturnal feeding, especially the bottle, after the appearance of the first baby tooth. During the night the salivary flow is almost nil, making it the most susceptible moment to attack by bacteria.
  • Avoid highly cryogenic foods, especially between meals.
  • Avoid using a bottle with liquids other than water.
  • Never “dip” the pacifier in sugary liquids.
  • Do not share utensils with your baby (toothbrushes, spoons, etc.), especially during the first 2 years of life.
  • Do not clean your baby’s pacifier with your saliva.
  • Do not cool food by blowing directly onto baby’s spoon or kiss baby’s mouth during the first year of life.
  • Don’t let siblings or cousins kiss you on the mouth.
  • It is recommended to visit the pediatric dentist during the first year of life. They will give you the guidelines to follow and will advise you on the benefits of topical application of fluoride in the enamel of baby teeth, and the appropriate amount according to age, as well as other practices, according to the risk of cavities of your child.

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