BABIES (0-1 YEARS)
Your childâ€™s first teeth (baby or primary teeth) will start to appear at around six months. It is important to look after these teeth as they allow your child to bite and chew food, and reserve space in the gums for the permanent teeth. Parents should be aware of babiesâ€™ special oral health needs and know how to establish good dental care habits from birth. After feeding, gums can be wiped gently with a clean, moistened face washer. A toothbrush and water can be used to clean teeth when they start to appear.
Particular care should be taken with babies to prevent Early Childhood Caries, sometimes known as â€œbaby bottle decayâ€.
Parents Should Avoid:
Settling babies to sleep with bottles containing milk, fruit juice, cordial or similarly sweetened drinks
Giving babies dummies (pacifiers) dipped in honey or other sweet products
Frequent on demand feeding after the age of 12 months, such as continuous night-time feeding
Babies may experience irritation and tender gums when their teeth are erupting. This can be soothed by rubbing the gums gently or using frozen teething rings. Pain relief gels are also available.