Primary teeth, also known as milk teeth are as important to infants and children as permanent teeth are to older children and adults.
Oral hygienist Sarie Liebenberg addressed various misconceptions surrounding oral hygiene in newborn babies, and gives parents advice on how to ensure that their babies mouths stay clean.
Liebenberg says that a baby is born with a sterile mouth so we need to try limit any intimate contact they have with other individuals.
We should clean their little mouths because as I said, they are going to get bacteria soon.— Sarie Liebenberg, oral hygienist
It is recommended that you take a gauze, some water and wipe their gums to reduce the amount of bacteria says Liebenberg. She adds that between the ages of 2 months to 4 months, their teeth will start erupting and that’s when you start using a baby toothbrush.
As they drink milk, the milk will accumulate on the tongue which can give them a thrash or bad breath.— Sarie Liebenberg, oral hygienist
Facts parents should know about their newborns mouth:
1. Most babies will develop teeth between 6 and 12 months.
- Fluoride should be added to your child's diet at 6 months of age.
- Massaging sore gums, offering something cold, or acetaminophen, on an occasional rough night, can help soothe your baby's teething pain.
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