Junior Oral Hygiene Care - Birth to 36 Months
Clean your child’s mouth with a damp gauze or cloth after feeding and at bedtime.
Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.
Never let your child fall asleep with a bottle of sweetened liquid or milk in his/her mouth. Breastfed infants who fall asleep while breastfeeding are also at risk of nursing caries.
Wean from breast or bottle by the first birthday. Regulate feeding habits.
Visit the Pedodontist when the first tooth appears or if the first tooth does not erupt by age one.
We recommend a preventive check-up by 18 to 24 months of age to ensure that parents have all the tools and knowledge to adequately care for your children’s teeth.
Talk to the Pedodontist about fluoride treatment and preventive dental care.
As soon as the first teeth erupt, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste covering only three-quarters of the toothbrush. Encourage spitting out as your baby grows. If you can't stop your baby swallowing toothpaste, you might want to try a toothpaste containing a lower amount of fluoride. Continue cleaning other areas of the mouth with a clean damp gauze or cloth.
All the above-mentioned will help to prevent nursing/bottle caries.
The following are some signs and symptoms of nursing/bottle caries :
i) Initially, a whitish area will appear on the front surfaces of the upper front teeth, near the gum line.
ii) This soon turns to a light yellow area of decay, which spreads rapidly to involve all surfaces of the front teeth, leaving only a little area at the biting edge unaffected.
iii) The back teeth will also decay. Toothache and infection at this stage can cause great discomfort to your child. In severe cases, only the roots of the teeth remain.