Those gummy little newborn smiles don’t last long, in the scheme of things. Before you know it, your little baby will be sporting their own cheeky chompers. What do you need to know about this stage of development? And how can you make sure you take care of those tiny teeth as diligently as you take care of your own?
Here at Babyology we have a brand new section of our site devoted to health. We’re kicking things off with lots of helpful articles about children’s health and development thanks to Children’s Panadol. We hope they’ll be useful to you day to day as you care for your family. Make sure you click on through for our treasure trove of information.
Parents can be unsure about the impact of teething on their baby. It can be hard to tell what behaviour might be explained by teething and what is just a normal part of child development. Many of us think it impacts different types of behaviour – resulting in difficulty sleeping, lots of dribbling and sometimes increased clinginess.
One thing’s certainly true – your baby’s teeth need to be cared for just like you care for your own. Yes, eventually they’ll fall out to make way for adult teeth, but they’ll be around for a long time before that happens.
The best way to begin good habits of dental care with your baby is to look after their teeth every day. Luckily, teething babies love chewing on things, so they’ll be quite happy for you to stick your (clean) finger into their mouths to get them used to the motion of a toothbrush. But watch out – even with not many teeth, little gums can do you some damage!
Toddlerhood brings its own challenges when it comes to dental care. Some toddlers simply hate having their teeth brushed, so it always feels like you’re fighting an uphill battle. Others are quite happy to have them brushed, as long as they get to do the whole thing themselves – with copious amounts of toothpaste and water splashed everywhere in the process. Finding a toothpaste your toddler likes is often enough to win the battle.
Of course, as diligent as you can be – like adults, children need dental visits to check everything is progressing the way it should be, and to pick up any small concerns before they become big problems. Don’t be afraid to shop around for a dentist who clicks with you and your family. Going to the dentist shouldn’t be a frightening experience, and a good children’s dentist will go out of their way to make sure it isn’t.
We’ve teamed up with Children’s Panadol to provide you with lots of quick and helpful reads covering many aspects of children’s health and development, including ways to take care of your baby’s teeth. One of those resources is The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specially developed to help answer those questions most commonly asked by parents with children aged from birth to five years. You can download it for free at The First Five Years.
(This is a sponsored post for Children’s Panadol)