Dental Care for Babies – Our 6-Step-Programme for Babies

 

1

Cup beats baby bottle

Once a child is one year old, it is recommended to use a cup rather than a baby bottle. The little ones are fast learners – ideally trying to drink water first, since it won’t leave any stains. That way, your child will become familiar with the concept that drinking is for thirst quenching and no substitute for a pacifier.

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Water and unsweetened teas

Many beverages labelled “no sugar added” are still containing lots of sugar, e.g. sweetened teas, instant teas, fruit juice (diluted with water). The sugar they contain is harmful to the teeth. It’s much better to offer your child water or unsweetened teas. They are better thirst quenchers and will prevent the child from getting used to a sugar-rich diet.

 

3

Five meals suffice

Many small children get food all the time. Due to the continuous eating and drinking, an acidic environment will develop in the mouth (pH value <6). This is conducive to caries, since bacteria causing caries love an acidic environment. [/one_half] [one_half_last]

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Caring for the first milk tooth

Gentle dental care starts as early as the first milk tooth. Now the parents get into the picture. When seated on mummy’s and daddy’s lap, the child feels secure and at ease. Brushing his or her teeth with a soft toothbrush turns into an evening ritual. Take a bit of children’s toothpaste with fluoride (a droplet the size of a lentil is enough) for effective support. Round it off with the loving check by a parent to make sure that the teeth are really clean – hey presto, that’s the ideal dental care for babies.

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5

It doesn’t always have to be sweet

Leave candy and chocolate aside, better alternatives are carrots, cucumbers and the like. And if it has to be sweets, then choose those products bearing this little → dental icon.

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Fluoride protects

Both dental scientists and consumer advocates like the “Stiftung Warentest” confirm: fluorides make sense. They have led to a very significant decrease of caries in children and teenagers. As dentists, we state: Like everywhere in life, it is the dosage which determines whether a substance is beneficial or detrimental to your health. If the fluoride intake is too large, fluorosis may result. But this will hardly ever happen around here. Many children in our country have white spots on their front teeth – even without additional fluoride intake. They may be the result of a little too much fluoride, but they are utterly harmless. Are there any fluoride poisonings? Let’s look at an example: a child about 5 years old weighing in at about 20kgs would have to gobble up the content of a whole tube of toothpaste for adults in order to show symptoms of poisoning – and even then, that’s extremely unlikely.

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