Z’s first teeth has finally erupted (first 2 on top; one on the bottom at the start of the week) and I can’t say that I’m ecstatic about it. I feared for my nips when he wants milk. Fortunately, no biting incident has happened (YET!) and thanks to this post, I think I know what to do.
I must admit though that taking care of teeth isn’t my forte. My teeth are stained due to years of smoking and caffeine-intake. And pregnancy made it even worse. So because of this waterloo, I immediately scheduled Z a visit to the dentist. It is really the parents’ responsibility to take care of their little one’s pearly whites!
We went to Dentista, Inc. located at the 5th floor of Shangri La Mall. There, Z was checked by Dr. Krishna De Guzman, a pediatric dentist.
Dr. De Guzman told us a few things:
- Supervised brushing should continue until 6 years old.
- Even at this early, Z’s teeth should be brushed with fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day.
- After every nursing, wipe Z’s teeth and gums with a wet gauze to prevent the milk from staying too long. This should also be done by those feeding infants with formula as there’s greater amount of sugar present.
- Give water after eating solids so that no food particle will stay in the mouth.
- Fruit juices should be watered down to decrease the amount of sugar present.
- Do not use “the dentist” as a means to let your kids follow you. This will give a negative impression on the dentist, making the kids fearful of the next visit.
Here’s to hoping that I could take care of Z’s pearly whites way better than I did with mine! Care to share your brushing rituals and habits with your kids?! For future reference 🙂