Clarify your oral health questions in the early years of your child's life
- Breastfeeding for at least six months is important for my child's teeth?
Breast milk (colostrum) is composed of nutrients that are able to keep the baby healthy and healthy in the first 6 months. At this stage the "teeth of milk" are in formation and can begin to appear (erupting) already from the 3 month being more common from the 6 month. Only the breast milk is enough for the teeth to have a good formation. It is important to remember that "Mom" should feed well so that her milk has all the necessary nutrients.
- Evening feeding for the children: increases the risk of caries?
Depending on the type of food that is given to the baby, it may influence the appearance of caries. Any food that contains sugar (sucrose) or some derivative of it, when ingested at night, without a later hygiene will fix itself on the baby's teeth and start the caries process. It is very common for moms to get their babies to sleep on bottles of sugared milk or some chocolate, or even honey. These products can cause generalized caries in several teeth, which we call "bottle caries". This type of caries is acute, extremely aggressive, causes a lot of sensitivity, of rapid evolution, causing great destruction of the teeth in a short time. It is a disease that can affect the child in the first year of life. The most common sign of this disease are the spots that begin to appear on the baby's teeth.
- When should a child start brushing teeth?
And with what kind of toothpaste? As soon as the first "dentifrices" are born, the mother should start with a very gentle cleaning only with gauze or diaper soaked in filtered water or another solution to be prescribed by the pediatric dentist. At night, both the mother and baby have a decrease in the amount of saliva favoring even more the bacteria that cause cavities, so it is very important this cleaning before bed. This cleaning should be carried out up to 18 months of age and / or from the complete eruption of the first deciduous molars.
Brushing should be initiated by soft bristle toothbrushes, mainly to clean the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of these teeth (first deciduous molars). From this stage, a toothpaste may be used, preferably with fluorine.
"Any food that contains sugar or some derivative of it, when ingested at night, without a later hygiene, will stick to the baby's teeth and start the process of caries "
- Kiss on the face of the child can transmit oral disease?
No, the kiss on the face does not cause cavities or oral diseases. Infections that are transmitted by saliva can be passed on to the baby if it carries saliva from the face to the mouth, and as babies are rarely controlled, contact with people who have contagious diseases with the baby should be avoided. In addition, other precautions can be taken, such as avoiding kissing in the baby's mouth, not blowing food to cool it and not sharing the use of glasses and cutlery.
- "Thrush" (candidiasis) can be transmitted by act to kiss the baby?
Yes. Candidiasis (or thrush) is a fungal infection caused by candida albicans and can target both the mother (pregnant or not) and the baby. It can be recognized by its white, yellowish or reddish color on the moist surfaces of the mouth. The tissues under the stain can become very sore. Candidiasis is common in newborns, people who wear dentures, and people who are weakened by a disease and whose immune system does not function properly. Also, people who complain about dry mouth, who have just been or are being treated with antibiotics are also likely to suffer.
Adopt a balanced diet, with little sugar and little starch. Eat foods with sugar and starch during meals and not as snacks to minimize the number of times your teeth are exposed to acid. Candidiasis is transmitted through contact with mouth, skin and vaginal secretions and the discharge of contaminated persons. In addition, the mother can transmit this fungus to the baby during childbirth. Candida is thought to be a saprophytic fungus, that is, it coexists normally with the healthy human being in places such as vagina, mouth and skin. However, at times of immunity (stress, disease) or environmental changes (such as use of vaginal pH-altering substances), this fungus can spread and cause symptoms.
- What precautions should I take with regard to my oral health and my baby?
The same care should be taken outside and during pregnancy, but redoubled. So we should: avoid "eating out of time", avoiding excessive consumption of sweets (if it is impossible, try to ingest them only after meals), brush your teeth religiously and floss after meals, visit your dentist at least once during pregnancy.
Regarding the health of the baby, as soon as the first teeth are born, hygiene should be initiated, a pediatric dentist should also be looked for. more information than to follow up on the chronology of the eruption of the teeth. Do not forget to maintain healthy eating for both you and your baby at any time.
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