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THE TEETHING PROCESS AND CARE TIPS

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All babies are different and the timing of teething varies.Some babies are born with their first teeth, some start teething before they are 6 months and some after 12months.
Early teething should not be an issue, unless it affects feeding.

1. Below is a rough guide to the different stages of teething is:

  • Bottom front teeth (incisors) – these are the first to come through, at around five to seven months
  • Top front teeth (incisors) – these come through at around six to eight months
  • Top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth) – these come through at around nine to 11 months
  • Bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth) – these come through at around 10-12 months
  • Molars (back teeth) – these come through at around 12-16 months
  • Canines (towards the back of the mouth) – these come through at around 16-20 months
  • Second molars – these come through at around 20-30 months

Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old.

As soon as your baby’s teeth starts to come out, start brushing them using a baby toothbrush and a tiny smear of baby flouride toothpaste. This process helps your baby get used to using a toothbrush as well as getting used to brushing as part of his daily routine.

You can help your baby get used to brushing by setting a good example and letting him see you brushing your own teeth. Also, make this routine fun for your child.

2. Brushing tips for your child/ children:

  • Use a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and a pea-sized amount for children.
  • Gradually start brushing your child’s teeth more thoroughly, covering all the surfaces of the teeth. Do it twice a day: when your child wakes up and just before bed.
  • Not all children like having their teeth brushed, so you may have to keep trying. Don't let it turn into a battle. Instead, make it into a game, or brush your own teeth at the same time and then help your child finish their own.
  • The easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee with their head resting against your chest. With an older child, stand behind them and tilt their head upwards.
  • Brush the teeth in small circles covering all the surfaces and let your child spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Rinsing with water has been found to reduce the benefit of fluoride.
  • You can also clean your baby’s teeth by wrapping a piece of damp gauze with a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste on it over your finger and rubbing this over their teeth (this is for a younger child)
  • Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you’re sure that they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be until they’re at least seven.
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