How else can I protect my baby’s teeth?

The main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar in your baby’s diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk throughout the day, so remember to keep sugary foods to mealtimes only. If you want to give your child a snack in-between meals, then choose savoury options such as cheese, toast breadsticks, sliced fruit and vegetables. Avoid sugary or fizzy drinks, especially between meals, at bedtime or during the night as a comforter. Tooth decay can occur if a baby has long and frequent exposure to sugary drinks given in a bottle. Dilute fruit juice (one part juice to five parts water) from six months of age and serve at mealtimes.

Help your children maintain a lifelong healthy smile by providing them with a well-balanced diet, limited snacks, ensure that they brush twice a day and schedule regular dental check-ups for them.

As much as possible encourage your baby or child to eat healthy snacks and as they get older. Try to limit unnecessary snacks.

Your Child’s Dental Health

The foundation of good dental health during childhood and teenage years is laid during the first years of life. Surveys show that there is a correlation between poor diet and brushing habits during a child’s first and second years, and tooth decay at the age of three. We also know that children with cavities in their milk teeth have a greater likelihood of developing cavities in their adult teeth.

To ensure good dental health in the future, the most important thing you can do for your child is to establish good habits right from the start, from the time their first tooth starts to appear. Children who are taught good oral hygiene early on are more likely to maintain healthy teeth throughout adulthood. It’s also important to choose the right toothbrush for your child, the Jordan 0-2 Baby Brush, specially developed for young children.

Today’s parents of small children belong to the fluoride generation and have thus benefitted from fluoride being present in our drinking water. However the positive effects of fluoride have led to a reduced emphasis on the importance of good brushing habits. Children also have much greater access to sweets and other unhealthy foods than ever before. This means that as a parent you must actively promote good oral hygiene and diet in order to give your child the best start possible.

In babies and toddlers, once teeth have erupted, the main risks are :

  • A high sugar diet, with lots of snacks. Snacking can contribute to dental decay because there is not enough time between eating to allow teeth to recover from plaque acids
  • Settling your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice or other beverages is not a good idea. A better option is to give your baby or toddler a bottle before bed, and then clean the gums and teeth and offer a bottle of plain water.

Good advice

  • Bacteria grows on the surface of the teeth and forms plaque, even when you are not eating
  • Acid develops when the bacteria gets sugar from the food we eat. This acid can dissolve the calcium minerals in the surface of teeth leading to decay.
  • Offer your baby plain water in their bottle, especially before bed
  • Regular brushing = less plaque = less acid = no cavities.
  • Brush twice a day!

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