Protecting Your Baby’s Teeth

May 12th, 2015

The primary cause of tooth decay amongst both children and adults is sugar, not only the amount of sugar that is consumed but how often it is eaten and drunk throughout the day. Each time your baby consumes something sugary, it will start to break down the outer mineral surface of their teeth. Eventually your little ones teeth do recover after eating or drinking something sugary, but this process can take hours. If your baby or child eats or drinks something sweet and sugary regularly throughout the day, the teeth won’t have time to repair themselves.

To help you along here are my top tips to help keep your child’s teeth in tiptop condition: –

  • Only offer your baby or child sugary food or drinks at mealtimes.
  • If you want to offer your baby a snack during day, opt for savoury choices such as cheese or veggies.
  • Only offer your baby breastmilk, formula, cooled or boiled water as a drink.
  • Avoid fruit juices, fizzy drinks, flavoured milk or squashes, which often contain lots of sugar.
  • From six months of age start to introduce your baby to drinks from a babycup or beaker.
  • Once he hits one year of age try to discourage the use of a bottle.
  • Only offer your child milk or water to drink at night.
  • Offer your baby and child a healthy, balanced diet. Encourage lots of savoury foods such as vegetables and pasta and avoid adding sugar to any foods.
  • If you are using ready-made baby foods, check they are sugar free or contain no added sugars or sweeteners.
  • If your little one needs to take medicine, opt for a sugar-free version.

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