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Baby teeth and teething

BABY TEETH AND TEETHING

Teething can be uncomfortable for babies .Babies start teething around 6 months old, so knowing what to look for allows you to keep your little one comfortable.

Obviously, teething takes place before you’ll see any  physical signs of teeth but you’ll be able to tell that your baby is teething  if he:

  • Drools a bit more than normal
  • Wants to chew on hard objects
  • Becomes cranky or irritable
  • Gums tender and swollen
  • Has problems sleeping                                                                          

If your baby seems uncomfortable during teething there are a few small steps you may consider.

  • Applying a teething gel with a clean finger
  • Keeping the babies chin dry with a dry cloth so a rash doesn’t develop
  • A chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums.
  • Children’s Panadol, Advil or other over the counter medicine for babies.       

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Acidic foods and drinks

Acidic Foods and your teeth

Oranges, Grapefruits, cranberries, coffee, alcohol, fruit juices are common foods and drinks that are acidic, which is why it is important to ensure that they don’t harm the enamel on your teeth.

When the acids in the food you eat and drink cause the enamel to wear away, tooth sensitivity can occur as a result. The teeth can also discolour.

Brushing after a meal is generally a good idea and making a habit of rinsing with water after acidic foods and drinks .

See your dentist if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Your dentist may need to fill erosion areas cause by acidic foods and will recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

A diet low in acidic drinks and foods is advisable and drinking lots of water is  always a great idea
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