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Milk teeth germination
When a baby starts to flow streams of saliva – this is a sign that the first teeth erupt. They appear at 6 – 8 months of age, and sometimes earlier.
There is no need to worry if baby‘s teeth do not appear for a long time. Practically all babies by the first birthday have four upper and four lower front teeth. Each child’s teeth erupt very differently, depending on the baby’s bone structure, genetics, and previous illnesses. For some, it comes out in two weeks, for others – through a couple of months.
In most cases the first come two bottom teeth, but it happens that the two upper ones appear the first. One-year-old child already has eight teeth, and two – years- old child has all the milk teeth, in other words, there forms occlusion of 20 milk teeth. Permanent teeth begin to appear at the age of six – seven. Twelve – fourteen- year-old children usually have twenty eight permanent teeth.
Teeth can grow later for those children who suffer from various diseases, are born underweight, may be affected by rickets, sometimes late germination of teeth is hereditary.
Signs of teeth germination:
Dental pain caused by germination can be facilitated:
* Apply lubricants, having a cooling effect, on the gums (unfortunately, its short-term effect, about 20 min, and it can be used no more than 6 times per day).
Bottle caries syndrome
At night, the production of saliva, which naturally cleanses the mouth, slows down, the sugar waits behind and is broken by the mouth bacteria, emit acids that destroy the enamel and gradually decay the child’s teeth.
In order to avoid bottle caries syndrome:
* Try not to feed the child during the night as earlier as possible;
Caring for the first teeth
Even if there are only two teeth in the mouth, clean them two times daily: in the morning and in the evening after meal. Give your child to play with a tooth brush, so he will massage gums, become familiar with this tool and will not be afraid of it.
What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste children can use?
Until about three years of age, when the child is unable to rinse the mouth and spit out well, use toothpaste without fluoride because ingested in large quantities, it can be toxic. Later start using fluoride toothpaste, because it strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks. Choose toothpaste with pleasant taste and put the child’s little finger nail sized pea of toothpaste on the toothbrush. This is enough to clean the teeth.
Toothbrush should be soft, with small head, suitable for baby’s age. Let the baby to choose a toothbrush, so that brushing teeth will become even pleasurable.
What to do if the child does not want to brush his teeth?
Train the child to clean teeth gradually and cheerfully:
* First time, gently lead over the child‘s teeth with a toothbrush so he could get used to a new feeling in the mouth, and know that it is quite painless. It does not matter, if at the beginning you do not manage to clean the teeth thoroughly.