Healthy Teeth and Gums

Caring for your baby's teeth early helps yur baby to have a set of strong, healthy and straight teeth when he or she grows up. With well-formed teeth, your child can eat better, speak properly and flash that winning smile!

Watch out for baby bottle tooth decay at infancy
Tooth decay may occur when sweetened liquids such as milk, formula or fruit juice are given and are left clinging to your baby's teeth for long periods or when you allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle
Baby teeth help keep the spacing in your baby's jaw so that his or her set of permanent teeth will grow out properly when he or she is older If your baby loses his or her tooth too early, the teeth beside it may drift into the vacant space Therefore, when the permanent tooth appears there will not be enough space and it will grow out of alignment, resulting in crooked or crowded looking teeth
Here are some good practices for healthy teeth and gums:
* Massage and wipe the gums clean with a piece of gauze or a soft towel after every feed
* Start brushing your baby's teeth when they begin to appear
* Flossing is recommended when your baby has a full set of baby teeth
* Visit the dentist regularly after your baby turns one and as soon as possible if he or she has a dental problem

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