Saturday , May 28 2022

Teeth Beat! Oral Health Problems in Children, Your Baby Could Be in Serious Pains

 

Children have oral health problems which could cause them pain, in sometimes without the adult knowing. You may take it for granted that since the baby teeth will eventually be replaced there is no need paying attention to oral health of babies. This is wrong. Children could suffer serious pain due to oral health issues even before the teeth get replaced. To avoid this, you ought to read this piece which provides an insight on oral health problems a child could be exposed to and how to avoid such problems.

 

Oral Health Problems in Children

There are a number of problems that affect the oral health of children, including tooth decay, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking, and early tooth loss. Even though baby teeth are eventually replaced with permanent teeth, keeping baby teeth healthy is important to a child’s overall health and well-being.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay (also called early childhood caries, nursing caries, and nursing bottle syndrome) happens when a baby’s teeth are in frequent contact with sugars from drinks, such as fruit juices, milk, formula, fruit juice diluted with water, sugar water, or any other sweet drink. If breastfed infants fall asleep with unswallowed milk in their mouth, they are also at risk for tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars, causing tooth decy.

If left untreated, decayed teeth can and make it difficult to chew and eat. Also, baby teeth serve as “space savers” for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged or destroyed, they can’t help guide permanent teeth into their proper position, possibly resulting in crowded or crooked permanent teeth. Badly decayed baby teeth could lead to an, with the possibility of infection spreading elsewhere in the body.

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How Do I Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Some tips to prevent baby bottle tooth decay include:

  1. During the day, to calm or comfort your baby, don’t give a bottle filled with sugary drinks or milk; instead, give plain water or a pacifier.
  2. Never dip your baby’s pacifier in sugar, honey, or any sugary liquid.
  3. Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with sugary drinks (watered-down fruit juice or milk still increases the risk of decay). Give a small amount of plain water or use a pacifier instead. Too much water is harmful to a baby.
  4. If your baby is nursing at night, make sure you remove your breast from your baby’s mouth when she falls asleep.
  5. Don’t add sugar to your baby’s food.
  6. Use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your baby’s teeth and gums after each feeding. This helps remove any bacteria-forming plaque and sugar that have built up on the teeth and gums.
  7. Ask your dentist about your baby’s fluoride needs. If your drinking water is not fluoridated, fluoride supplements or fluoride treatments may be needed.
  8. Teach your baby to drink from a cup by his or her first birthday. Moving to a “sippy cup” lowers the teeth’s exposure to sugars, but constant sipping from the cup can still result in decay unless it is filled with plain water.

 

(Source: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/oral-health-problems-childre)

 

 

About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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3 comments

  1. Omenuko Adaobi Promise

    So educative

  2. good tips at least this advice will help some mothers in the society most especially knowing the advantages & disadvantages
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