Saturday, 7 June 2014

Tips for Good Oral Health in an Infant


TIPS FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH FROM BIRTH TO 12 MONTHS
 
 
 
·         1. Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, damp cloth twice a day.
·         2. As soon as the first teeth appear, clean them at least once a day (usually at bedtime) with a soft bristle toothbrush designed for babies. Lay your baby on a flat surface or with his head cradled in your lap to brush teeth.
·         3. Avoid leaving your baby in bed with a bottle.
·         After 6 months:
·         4. Introduce a sippy cup.
·         5. Avoid juice. If you do offer it, limit juice to no more than 125 to 175 mL (4 to 6 oz) per day, in a cup rather than a bottle and only as part of a meal or snack.
·         6. If a bottle is needed at nap time, offer water rather than milk or juice.
·        7. If you breastfeed before naptime, be sure to clean your child’s teeth before he goes to sleep.
·        8. Never sweeten a teether or soother.