Let's talk teeth | Bulletin 5 of 7
Week 5 | caring for your baby's teeth
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The first year of life

Getting good oral health routines in place from an earlier age is really important. It makes caring for their teeth a normal thing for your children.

Here we’re looking at the first year of your baby’s life and how to start getting good habits in place as soon as their first tooth arrives.


Teething

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Teething can be a really upsetting time for babies and for parents. It can be hard to see your little one suffering or in pain.

When it comes to teething, all babies are different.

But your baby will usually get their first tooth at some point during their first year.

Find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby's teeth are likely to appear in from the NHS here.

You can also get lots of advice on how to help your baby when they’re teething on the NHS website here.


Looking after your baby's teeth

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You can start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they start to come through.

Use a baby toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.

Brush the teeth in small circles, covering all the surfaces and encourage them to spit out the toothpaste afterwards,

There's no need to rinse with water, as this will wash away the fluoride.

Get lots more advice about looking after your baby’s teeth online here. 


Should I give my baby a dummy?

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NHS advice is that it is fine to give your baby a dummy but try to avoid using them after 12 months of age.

Using dummies after this can encourage an open bite, which is when teeth move to make space for the dummy. They may also affect your child's speech development.

Discourage your child from talking or making sounds with a dummy or their thumb in their mouth, and don't dip dummies in anything sweet, such as sugar or jam.


Visiting the dentist

NHS dental care is free for children so it’s a good idea to start taking your baby as soon as their first tooth comes through.

This will help them get used to visiting the dentist and also pick up any problems early.

You can search for an NHS dentist close to you using the NHS service finder here.  


More advice on caring for your child's teeth

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) is the national society dedicated to improving the oral health of children from birth to 16.

Visit their website for advice on how to care for your children's teeth as they grow.


Next week...

Next week we'll be looking at how to look after your children's teeth as they get older.


We hope you're finding these emails helpful.

Until next time.

Derbyshire County Council

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Week 5 | caring for your baby's teeth
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The first year of life
Getting good oral health routines in place from an earlier age is really important. It makes caring for their teeth a normal thing for your children.
Here we’re looking at the first year of your baby’s life and how to start getting good habits in place as soon as their first tooth arrives.
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Teething
teething ring icon
Teething can be a really upsetting time for babies and for parents. It can be hard to see your little one suffering or in pain.
When it comes to teething, all babies are different.
But your baby will usually get their first tooth at some point during their first year.
Find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby's teeth are likely to appear in _from the NHS here. [
]_
You can also get lots of advice on how to help your baby when they’re teething on the _NHS website here._ [
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Looking after your baby's teeth
icon of cartoon baby
You can start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they start to come through.
Use a baby toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.
Brush the teeth in small circles, covering all the surfaces and encourage them to spit out the toothpaste afterwards,
There's no need to rinse with water, as this will wash away the fluoride.
Get lots more advice about _looking after your baby’s teeth online here. [
]_
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]
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Should I give my baby a dummy?
icon of a baby's dummy
NHS advice is that it is fine to give your baby a dummy but try to avoid using them after 12 months of age.
Using dummies after this can encourage an open bite, which is when teeth move to make space for the dummy. They may also affect your child's speech development.
Discourage your child from talking or making sounds with a dummy or their thumb in their mouth, and don't dip dummies in anything sweet, such as sugar or jam.
________________________________________________________________________
Visiting the dentist
NHS dental care is free for children so it’s a good idea to start taking your baby as soon as their first tooth comes through.
This will help them get used to visiting the dentist and also pick up any problems early.
You can search for an NHS dentist close to you using the NHS service finder here.
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More advice on caring for your child's teeth
The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) is the national society dedicated to improving the oral health of children from birth to 16.
Visit their website for advice on how to care for your children's teeth as they grow. [
]
________________________________________________________________________
Next week...
Next week we'll be looking at how to look after your children's teeth as they get older.
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*We hope you're finding these emails helpful.*
*Until next time.*
*Derbyshire County Council*
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