Teething is a significant milestone in a baby's development. Some babies sail through the whole experience of teething without any problems at all but some face complications. Some babies face soreness and swelling of the gums before a tooth comes. This might make the baby uncomfortable, and before a tooth appears, the child may cry, be irritable and sleep and eat poorly.
Most babies grow their first tooth when they’re between 4 and 7 months. Teeth can come through at once or several can come through, and they might not come in straight but do not worry. They usually straighten out over time. Some baby might even suffer from fever, diarrhoea or a runny nose before a tooth comes. Sometimes, a baby also suffers from lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting along with illness.
According to experts, a child's complete set of first teeth develop by the age of 3. Also, the child may drool, have red and tender gums, and continuously chew on objects during the process.
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As soon as a baby's first teeth appear, the teeth are 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 extended periods. Many sweet fluids 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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