Children development stages which is important to concern in addition to his/her physical and motor ability is his/her dentition growth since these growth is very influencing on baby’s ability to masticate foods. Dentition growth delay can affect baby’s diet pattern.
Generally, first tooth started to grow when baby at age six to seven months old. Baby’s dentition growth is also influenced by calcium consumed by mother in her pregnancy period. In fetus formation, tooth tip or crown has been formed and hidden beneath gum. After born, his/her development is influenced by milk and food he/she consumes. Then in specific ages, the crown will push and torn the gum. First teeth/cutting teeth growth process frequently creates pain on baby’s gum. Consequently first teeth grow is accompanied by decreasing appetite, sleeplessness, fever, anxiety, and fussy.
Usually, first baby tooth to emerge (deciduous tooth) is front-lower tooth, followed by four upper incisor teeth in four to eight weeks. One month later, two incisors teeth more grow in lower parts. The next teeth to appear are front molars followed by canine teeth. How about dental growth which is not following that pattern? Actually every child had different dental growth pattern, and it doesn’t refer to an abnormality. Generally, at age 3 to 3.5 years old all dentition have been growing including molar teeth.
The Importance of Milk Teeth
However milk teeth are not permanent in nature, but they play very important role. Milk teeth will help children to chew foods, help them to talk fluently, and provide place for permanent teeth which will grow later. Milk teeth which are removed prematurely for example by carries can disorientate permanent teeth when time to grow came. Therefore, parents should accustom to care their children teeth’s health even before the teeth emerge. How do they do that? Check out these followings:
- Brushing baby gum when the teeth have not been grown yet. Similar to teeth, gums is also a place for germ to grow, adhering to milk residue or unclean foods within the mouth. Clean baby’s gum using gauze and warm water routinely.
- Providing mineral water after baby finished from breastfeeding. Mineral water will wipe milk which is still adhering in baby’s gum or teeth.
- Avoiding to drink his/her bottled milk while baby is sleeping. Milk residue adhering in gum and teeth is convenient place for germs. Using baby pacifier all night long while she’s sleeping can cause dental damage, eating difficulty, and deciduous teeth removed earlier.
- Don’t let your child put any objects to his/her mouth. Child habit to put various objects such as toys, finger, stone, paper, and any objects that their cleanliness are questionable can have negative effect on baby’s health.
- Provide toys which can be beaten or sucked by baby (teether) which made from hygiene and save matters. Ensure to always clean it with hot water in order to eliminate any germs adhering on it.
- Provide foods that appropriate with her/his age. After six months, you can introduce solid foods as her supplement foods besides milk to baby, starting from the soft texture foods, little bit rough texture foods, and your family daily foods. Balance nutrition is very needed for baby to support her development.
- Give healthy finger foods to baby as snack, such as carrot, slice of melon, apple, papaya, in order to make baby learns on how to chew and to stimulate his/her dental growth which is still hiding within the gums.
Many benefits can be obtained by parents when they are accustomed to take care baby’s teeth early. The result of parents’ patience in cleaning teeth diligently since infancy can bring the toothache to be prevented and make him/her confidently express his/her sweet smile.