Here’s what not to do:
– Do not rub a topical product medicated in gel or cream on your child’s gums; he could swallow it.
– Do not give him teething biscuits. They may contain added or concealed sugar.
– Do not underestimate a fever. The eruption of new teeth does not make babies sick or feverish. If your child has a fever, see your doctor.
Tooth decay can begin as soon as new teeth appear. This can be caused by breast milk or bottle feeding. Prolonged contact with a sweet liquid (lactose) allows the bacteria to convert into an acid. Do not let the child fall asleep while drinking.
The Canadian Dental Association suggests parents meet the dentist with their child from the age of six months for the first personalized advice. The first dental cleaning will be done around the age of two and a half.