Maven Dental Nambour formerly Nambour Family Dental
Dental Partners T/A Nambour Family Dental
Dental Partners T/A Nambour Family Dental

RAY ROBINSON B.D.Sc

Location Address

87 Blackall Terrace
Nambour 4560
Phone: 07 5441 3583

 

Postal Address

PO BOX- 2558
Nambour West, QLD- 4560
Fax : 07 5441 2075
Maven Dental Nambour – Advice for Babies

Early Feeding

Breastfeeding is the preferred method of infant feeding. It reduces the risk of baby tooth decay (dental caries) and early childhood tooth decay.

Early childhood tooth decay is generally caused by the inappropriate use of the baby bottle by filling it with fruit juice, soft drinks and/or cordial.

Nambour DentistFeeding should always be done with adult supervision and the nursing bottle should be taken away when the infant has had enough.

Nambour DentistBaby bottles should only be filled with breast milk, appropriate infant formula or boiled water.

Nambour DentistHold the baby when feeding with a bottle – do not put a baby to bed with a bottle.

Nambour DentistIntroduce a feeding cup and solid foods to the baby by 6 to 8 months.

Nambour DentistProvide children with a variety of nutritious foods such as fruit, vegetables, natural yoghurt, legumes and meats.

Teething

Teething usually begins from approximately 6 months of age. Some children may feel discomfort as new teeth emerge. Possible signs of teething include:

Nambour DentistIrritability

Nambour DentistRestlessness during the day and sleeplessness at night

Nambour DentistIncreased dribbling

Nambour DentistBeing fussy or choosy with food

Nambour DentistPlacing objects or fingers in mouth

Nambour DentistRed and swollen gums which feel hard and pointed when pressed

For temporary relief, give your child something to bite on such as a teething ring. These could be stored in the fridge to keep them cool. Seek medical or oral health advice if symptoms continue.Dental check-ups

Take your child to see a dentist or other oral health professional as soon as the first tooth appears and no later than twelve months of age. Find a public dental clinic near you.Teeth cleaning

Thorough tooth cleaning with the correct technique is required for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene at an early age will reduce the likelihood of gum disease later in life.

Nambour DentistAs soon as your baby’s teeth appear, clean the baby teeth twice a day by wrapping a clean damp face washer or gauze around your finger and wiping each tooth front and back.

Nambour DentistUse a low fluoride toothpaste from 18 months to 6 years of age (a pea sized amount is enough) and a soft, children’s toothbrush

Nambour DentistEncourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing.

Thumb sucking

Sucking on thumbs and fingers is normal behaviour for young babies. Most children should stop between 2 and 4 years of age. Your child’s teeth and the shape of their mouth may be affected if sucking persists after the eruption of adult teeth.

There are various things you can do to help your child to stop sucking his or her thumb:

Nambour DentistReward your child and offer encouragement to reinforce their decision to stop the habit.

Nambour DentistMark progress on a calendar by placing a star for each period that the child does not suck their thumb. Provide a reward if the child gets through the period successfully.

Nambour DentistEncourage bonding with a special toy.

Nambour DentistReminders – give your child a mitten to wear, or place a band aid over the thumb at bedtime as a reminder not to suck.

Nambour DentistOffer distractions – have toys available to keep your child occupied.

Dummies

Serious tooth decay can happen if dummies are dipped in sugary substances such as honey, jam, condensed milk, malt or vitamin C syrups.

Sucking your child’s dummy can also increase the risk of tooth decay by transferring bacteria from your mouth to your child’s.

Dummies may be a source of infection if they are shared with other children or picked up from the floor. Follow good hygiene practices when using dummies and check that dummies are in good condition and meet safety approval ratings.

Overuse or incorrect use of a dummy, or prolonged use (beyond school age), may lead to mouth and dental problems such as:

Nambour DentistIncorrect positioning of teeth – teeth may be pushed forward so that the bottom and top teeth at the front don’t meet properly.

Nambour DentistTooth decay (especially the front teeth) – if the dummy is dipped into sweet things before sucking.

Nambour DentistMouth breathing – your child may tend to breathe through their mouth rather than their nose. This is often linked to long-term dribbling.

Nambour DentistSpeech and language problems – your child may not use the full range of tongue movements that are necessary for making all the speech sounds and may have fewer opportunities to use sounds to communicate.

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