13 January 2010

Ziqri & his teeth

*nmpk tak gigi saya?*

At 7 months, Ziqri dah ada 2 gigi ;-). Tapi belum tumbuh sepenuhnya. Sejak ada gigi ni suka ketap bibir. Feel uncomfortable agaknya.

Ok, here are some info's about teething:

The vast majority of babies sprout their first teeth when they're between 4 and 7 months of age (Ziqri had his first tooth at 7 months). An early developer may get his first white cap as early as 3 months, while a late bloomer may have to wait until he's a year old or more. (In rare cases, a baby's first tooth is already visible at birth.) Whenever the first tooth makes its appearance, celebrate the milestone by taking pictures (pls see my photo above. I'm showing off my teeth. Thanks to ibu for taking my picture ;-)) and noting the date in your child's baby book.

Teeth actually start developing while your baby's in the womb, when tooth buds form in the gums. Teeth break through one at a time over a period of months, and often — but not always — in this order: First the bottom two middle teeth, then the top two middle ones, then the ones along the sides and back. They may not all come in straight, but don't worry — they usually straighten out over time.

The last teeth to appear (the second molars, found in the very back of the mouth on the top and bottom) have usually begun coming into place by your baby's second birthday. By age 3, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth, which shouldn't fall out until his permanent teeth are ready to start coming in, around age 6.


Is it bad for my baby's teeth if I let her fall asleep with a bottle in her mouth?

Expert Answers: Fred Ferguson, pediatric dentistry

Yes. When your baby falls asleep while sucking on a bottle, the liquid will pool around her teeth as she sleeps, which can cause cavities.

This happens because the bacteria in her mouth change the sugars in milk, juice, formula, and breast milk into acids that can dissolve her tooth enamel. (This is most often a problem for the front four upper teeth because your baby holds the nipple against them with her tongue.)

If you've already gotten your baby into this habit and she won't go to sleep without a bottle, give it to her as you rock her to sleep and then put her down in her crib without it. If she's older than 6 months, you can dilute the bottle contents with water, so that it's less concentrated with the sugar that causes decay. If she balks, start by replacing only one ounce with water, then increase the amount of water by one ounce a day until you're giving her only water.

Your baby can also end up with tooth decay if you're breastfeeding her "at will" (especially if she sleeps with you and can nurse at will through the night). If she's feeding that often, her teeth will be constantly exposed to the sugar in the breast milk. I would suggest wiping or brushing the teeth and gums often during the day and before night if you continue to breastfeed this way.

Source: Babycenter


Segenit Puteri Bunian said...

yay!!!finally ziqri da ada gigi... pasnih best la gigit bahu ayah ngan ibu pulak.

Nini dear.. said...

kak...gigi afif udah bersusun..tang geraham yg aku xtahan tuh.udah nmpak dah...jenuh aku nk gosok gigi dia ari2...

zahira said...

teh - oww...skrg ni dia dok gigit2 benda lain...suma brg yg dia amek mesti nak masuk mulut!

emy - ooo...gigi afif dah pebuh ke? takpe...nanti dia dah besor skit leh gosok gigi sendiri...ko tukang tgk jer, hehehe


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