4 Tips for Fostering Better Baby Teeth Development

As parents we tend to worry about every aspect of our child’s development at one point or another, so when teeth start coming in, dental health and development usually become a concern. The teething stage is also particularly troublesome because many infants will require teething medication to soothe the pain, and you may have a hard time keeping them from chewing on everything they can get their hands on. Here are 4 things every parent should do to promote better dental health for their kids:

1. Use Orthodontic Pacifiers

Giving your baby a bottle every time they cry simply isn’t practical because excessive milk consumption can lead to problems like indigestion and vomiting. A pacifier is an acceptable substitute, but the wrong kind of pacifier can be detrimental to your child’s tooth and jaw development. Orthodontic pacifiers are designed to mimic the shape and texture of a mother’s nipple, so it’s also the best pacifier for breastfed babies. Ultimately, an ideal pacifier for tooth and jaw development will be ultra-soft and fully symmetrical – avoid hard or oddly shaped pacifiers.

2. Break the Bedtime Bottle Habit

Kids can crave a bottle at bedtime all the way up until they’re 2-3 years old, but physicians recommend weaning off of this habit at around 6-9 months, as it can be bad for toddler tooth development and alignment. Furthermore, excessive bottle feeding is known to heighten the risk of “baby bottle tooth decay,” a condition that typically affects the upper front teeth. Since your child’s teeth grow mostly at night, it’s not a good idea to let them hold a bottle nipple in their mouth while falling asleep.

3. Say No to “Toys for Teething”

The teething stage can be especially problematic when it comes to managing baby teeth health. It’s important to frequently feed foods that help with teething instead of letting your little one resort to chewing on a toy. No matter how much you feed, they’ll still try to teeth on other things, so keeping hard objects and toys out of their reach is an essential precautionary measure to take. Teething on toys can not only chip teeth, it also poses a potential choking hazard.

4. Only Give Teeth Healthy Foods

While kids will always want whatever snack you’re enjoying, avoid sharing simple sugars like candies and sodas with toddlers, even in small amounts. It’s a bad idea to expose your child to damaging foods when their tooth enamel is still in the process of developing, as this could heighten their risk of developing tooth decay and alignment problems in the future. Thus, try to only feed teeth healthy foods, especially during the teething stage.

Are Baby Teeth Really Important?

Some parents make the mistake of thinking “oh, they’re just baby teeth so they’re going to fall out and be replaced anyway.” While that is true, the way the tooth bone develops during infancy and toddler hood will have a long-term effect on the shape of the jaw and the pattern that the adult teeth take when they grow in. Thus, to ensure your little one has a picture-perfect smile when they get older, it’s a good idea to start focusing on dental health early on.

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  1. Most people don’t pay attention about child’s teeth but they should. I wish my parents would read this writing when I was a child.

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