Healthy milk teeth right from the start

Healthy milk teeth right from the start

Healthy milk teeth – an essential prerequisite for the health of the following teeth. With the proper care and nutrition, teeth and gums stay healthy right from the start!

Nine tips on how to keep baby teeth healthy during their formation

  1. If possible, breastfeed your child for the first four to six months. It gives your child everything they need to grow and fight off disease. Milk is food and drinks simultaneouslyAdditional fluid is only sometimes necessary. You can only give your baby some water, for example, with a teaspoon, if it is boiling or has a fever.
  2. Don’t give your child a plastic bottle to take to bed or in the stroller for constant “self-service”. Any sweet liquid is terrible for your teeth if you suck it all the time: fruit and vegetable juices, even diluted or sweetened teas. Continuous sucking causes bottle tooth decay. The upper incisors, in particular, can be so severely damaged that they turn completely black or even break off. It is best only to buy glass bottles; you will not be tempted to let your child “serve” the bottle.
  3. What should you do if your child does not sleep through the night? Soothe him, but don’t give him a bottle to suck on. Drinking at night will make your child wake up more often and want to drink again. A cycle of waking up and wanting to drink develops. You and your child can no longer sleep at night. If your child wakes up crying in the middle of the night, it’s good if you keep calm yourself. Soothing speech, soft singing, physical contact, a cuddly bear, and a pacifier help to fall asleep again.
  4. What do you do if your child is already used to having a bottle in bed? Aim to break the habit within four weeks, as eating and drinking are part of the waking phases of the day; Rest and night times are for sleeping. In the transitional period, make sure you only put tap water, mineral water or unsweetened tea that you have prepared yourself in the bottle.
  5. Even the first milk tooth needs to be cared for with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Start brushing your teeth as soon as the first milk tooth appears. Use a baby toothbrush to brush your teeth in the morning and evening. Put “a touch” of fluoridated children’s toothpaste on the brush in the evening. From the second birthday, you should use a pea-sized amount of children’s toothpaste twice daily in the morning and evening.
  6. For cooking and salting, buy table salt labelled “iodine and fluoride.” This is important for your child as soon as they participate in the family diet. The fluoride contained in the salt hardens the teeth.
  7. Give your child chopped fruit or vegetables in between meals. It tastes good, is healthy and stimulates chewing – the teeth are happy because they have something to do. Children don’t need sweets, sweet drinks or salty snacks like crisps all the time for their well-being.
  8. Once your child can sit up independently, help them drink from a cup. From the first birthday at the latest, your child should only drink from a mug or cup, not a bottle. In the beginning, the child still makes a mess. Put water in the cup; it won’t make sticky stains. Most children do not need a cup with a spout. If so, only for a short transitional period of a maximum of four weeks.
  9. A pacifier is helpful for infants as they still have a high need to suckle. But as soon as the upper and lower front teeth are there, you should wean your child off the pacifier; this is around the 10th month. For the jaw to develop correctly, neither the pacifier nor the thumb should be left between the teeth for a long time from this point on. Especially when your child has fallen asleep, pull the pacifier out of the mouth again. If your child starts sucking their thumb, offer them a pacifier as a substitute – it’s easier to break the habit. After the first birthday, your child will no longer need the pacifier at the latest. Praise and imaginative stories help to break the habit and explain the “disappearance” or handing over to the child (Schnullerfee, Nikolaus…).

Enjoy your success!

Show your child’s healthy teeth to the paediatrician and dentist. When your child is two and a half years old, they will have all their milk teeth. By then, at the latest, you should take the child to a dentist for regular care.

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