Teething is a major milestone in a baby's development. Some babies sail through the whole experience of teething without any problems at all. Not all babies are so lucky and will experience a degree of discomfort when they cut their first teeth.
Dr Bhavana G Saraf, MDS Tedodontisp said, "Parents should be able to recognise the signs of teething. A child's first tooth usually appears by 6 months of age, and a complete set of 20 primary or first teeth usually develop by age 3. Before a tooth appears, the child may cry, be irritable and sleep and eat poorly. The child may drool, have red and tender gums, and chew constantly on food and objects during tooth eruption. During teething, the child may have a mildly elevated temperature (below 100° F or below 38° C). Children who have higher temperatures and those who are especially fussy should be evaluated by a doctor because these symptoms are not due to teething."
Some helpful tips
As soon as a baby's first teeth appear, the child is susceptible to decay. This condition is called as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Caries (cavities).
Decay occurs when sweetened liquids are given and are left clinging to an infant's teeth for long periods. Many sweet liquids cause problems, including milk, formula and fruit juice. Bacteria in the mouth use these sugars as food. They then produce acids that attack the teeth. Each time your child drinks these liquids, acids attack for 20 minutes or longer. After many attacks, the teeth can decay.
Untreated caries may lead to early loss of the primary dentition and affect the growth and maturation of the secondary, adult dentition.
Brush at least twice a day: After breakfast and before bedtime. Brushing properly breaks down plaque. Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums. Restrict sugary drinks in the diet: The important thing to consider is the frequency of drinks consumed, more than the quantity. Try to minimise your child's consumption of fruit juices, sweets, chocolates and cakes. Fresh vegetables and fruits are healthier alternatives to the sugary foods, and water, of course is the best alternative.
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