Oral Care Of A Child
YOUR CHILD DEPENDS ON YOU FOR HEALTHY SMILE!
Infants are not born with the bacteria that cause decay .Most acquire these bacteria from their mothers before their third birthday.
COMMON WAYS TO TRANSMIT THESE BACTERIA ARE:
- Sharing utensils
- Cleansing off a pacifier with your mouth.
- An infant putting his or her hand in your mouth.
Your baby doesn’t have teeth , but you should still clean his or her mouth .Get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s gums soon after birth .Although there may be a little fussing at first ,your infant will get used to having the mouth cleaned like other parts of the body.
TO CLEAN YOUR BABY’S MOUTH:
- Carefully lay your baby across your lap .The head should be close to your chest so you can look down directly into your child’s mouth.
- Wrap the gauze around your index finger ,use gentle circular motions to clean both the tongue and the gums .You can also use terrycloth finger cots ,which fit over the finger and are made for this purpose .They are sold in many drug stores .Remember to throw away the gauze and wash the wash cloth after every cleaning.
- Baby’s oral care routine should change slightly after the first tooth comes in .Once those first teeth pop up ,you can start using a soft, kid-friendly tooth brush to clean the teeth that are visible ,and continue to use the damp gauze to clean the gums and tongue.
- Tooth pastes should not be used on babies , because they cannot spit it out.
TRY TO MAKE DENTAL CARE A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR BABY RIGHT FROM THE START.