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The Beginner's Guide To Improving Your Child's Oral Health


One of the best gifts you can give your child is good oral health. Oral7 is here to help.

Milk teeth start forming in the womb and usually pop out after birth when your tot is between 5 and 8 months old.

The last few come through when your child is between 2 and 3 years old, leaving your child with 20 milk teeth (also called “baby” teeth) in total.

 

Why they're important

Milk teeth don’t stick around for long but they can affect your child’s growth and development in the long run.

Not only are they vital in helping your child bite and chew food, milk teeth are essential for proper speech development and can influence the growth of the face and jaw muscles.

If your tot loses milk teeth early because of decay, he or she may develop crooked permanent teeth or pass on the decay to permanent teeth as they erupt. Should the decay in the milk tooth spread to the root, the resulting infection may damage the permanent tooth that lies directly underneath.

 

Protecting your baby's teeth

How can you protect your child’s teeth for life?

The answer may lie in enzymes – a type of protein that performs important functions that are necessary for your body’s survival.

Protective enzymes like lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin and lysozyme can be found in breast milk and offer natural protection against germs that cause dental decay in your child’s early years. 

Alternatively, consider investing in Oral7’s Tiny Teeth Gel, which contains these enzymes that help to maintain your child’s oral health and to manage germs that cause dental decay. Designed for infants from 3 months to 3 years, the preservative-free, apple flavoured gel has no saccharin or fluoride and is said to be safe to swallow.

Bonus: The gel comes with a soft finger brush that is used to deliver a soothing massage over the gums of newborns or over milk teeth. The dishwasher-safe brush has no trace of BPA and can be refrigerated and used to soothe teething discomforts.

 

For your older children

From age 4, your child will need a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the enamel to his or her milk teeth.

Try the Oral7 KIDS toothpaste, which contains 1,000 p.p.m. of fluoride according to the latest international guidelines for paediatric dentists. This unique combination will continue to protect your child’s oral health and further strengthen their teeth enamel.

Oral7 also has a toothpaste, mouthwash and mouth gel range that’s suitable for adults.

 

By The Finder, September 2016

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