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Tips on dental protection and dental care

Healthy teeth from the beginning

 

After a “tooth-friendly” diet with little sugar and acids, proper dental care is the second pillar of dental health. The first teeth should stay healthy and nice for as long as possible, because healthy milk teeth are very important for the health of the adult teeth that follow. Which is why it is never too early to start on dental hygiene. We have put together some important tips here, but you should also ask your dentist.

HiPP Tip 1 – Cleaning of little teeth

start cleaning their teeth. In the beginning a moist cotton bud rubbed over the teeth is sufficient. When more teeth come through, they can be cleaned once or twice a day with an infant toothbrush.

There is no need to use toothpaste for the first few teeth. It is better to do without, since your little one will not be able to spit it out after cleaning. Talk to your paediatrician about the use of toothpaste. He/she will be able to inform you on the right time for and the choice of toothpaste.

Please also discuss the use of fluoride for stronger teeth with your paediatrician, he/she will know best what your child needs.

HiPP Tip 2 – Protection of little teeth

Did you know you can give your child tooth decay? If you lick your baby’s spoon or pacifier, the bacteria from your mouth can be easily transferred to your baby. Therefore, always use a fresh spoon or pacifier for your little one.

HiPP Tip 3 – Avoid constant sucking

Every drink can cause damage to teeth (tooth decay) if frequently or constantly sucked from a bottle – even water

So:

  • Make sure your child drinks in one go – until the thirst is quenched
  • Do not give the baby the bottle to suck constantly, whether as a pacifier or as an aid to sleep.
  • Hold the bottle yourself and don’t give it to the baby to hold
  • Get the baby used to drinking out of a cup from the 8th month.

HiPP Tip 4 – Don’t “snack” all the time

Don’t offer your child something to eat and drink around the clock. Especially at night, when the teeth should be left in peace because between meals, the saliva repairs the dental enamel. This process is known as “remineralisation” – dissolved minerals are replenished. However, food carries saliva away with it and then it is unable to repair the teeth. So only give food and drinks at set meal times and avoid “snacking” and meals at night.

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