Teething and Baby Teeth
Teething can be an uncomfortable time for some babies. As the teeth begin to emerge, they can cause the gums to become swollen and sore.In some cases of hard teething ,an abscess might appear at the top of the tooth. This can lead to other problems such as irritability, an inability to sleep and an unwillingness to eat food because of the pain.
The emergence of new teeth can be accompanied by irritation, and this period can be frustrating for both parents and babies.
- Excessive drooling.
- Inability to sleep.
- Change ,and some times loss of appetite.
- Fussiness and irritability.
- Flush cheeks.
- Nappy rash.
- Inflamed gums or sensitive gums.
- Chewing or biting behaviour.
If your baby does have a high temperature or diarrhea, consult your pediatrician.
- Your dentist will recommend an infant teething gel that has to be rubbed on the gums. These gels contain a mild local anesthetic that removes the discomfort.
- A teething ring can also help to sooth a teething baby’s inflamed gums. For best results, chill the teething ring in the freezer.
- You can also offer something hard but edible for baby to chew on, like hard biscuits or carrots. These however, should only be given under complete supervision because of the risk of choking.
- Paracetamol suspensions can also dull the discomfort.
Dental care for the baby must begin before the eruption of the first milk tooth.
- Clean the gums of the baby with a piece of gauze wet with a little water daily.
- When the first teeth emerge,clean them by wiping them after meals with a soft damp cloth. Remember, no toothpaste should be used for infants. Once all the milk teeth have emerged, make a habit of brushing the teeth twice daily. At first start brushing the teeth of your child with soft brush without tooth past ,until he can rinse and control his swallowing for not swallowing the tooth paste .Notice A fluoride toothpaste can be used once the child becomes mature enough to spit out the paste. Use small quantities of tooth paste, and never allow your child to swallow it or eat it.
- Avoid letting your baby go to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice in his mouth, to avoid tooth decay.
- Cut down the amount of sugar that your baby consumes, or restrict these to meal times. Never use sweets as treats. Milk should be given without sugar.
- Limit sodas and other fizzy drinks, and make a habit of using medicines that are sugar free.
First : they need to be able to comfort their child and find ways to relieve the discomfort when it is at its worst.
Second : they need to ensure that the child is getting into good oral hygiene habits early in life. Until they are old enough to brush their teeth themselves, you will ensure that your child’s teeth and gums keep healthy and are well looked-after.
Once the teeth have arrived, you need to look after them. For the first year, brushing teeth is not necessary. However, the gums and mouth still need to be kept clean – this should be done by wiping them after meals with a soft damp cloth.
The task of parents during the teething Important and doubled .