That Beautiful Baby Bunny Smile: On Parenting and the Importance of Proper Oral Health from the Start

 

Some of you may be wondering just why it is that Bunnies have such adorable Bunny Smiles. And this is a very good question as, for both Bunnies and Humans, smiles are indeed important. There are a number of reasons for how we do it, of course, many of which carry over to attaining adorable Human Smiles as well. So let’s go over some of the key factors.

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First off, the things parents need to do to ensure healthy tooth development and eventually the shape and function of the jaw begin long before your baby Bunny begins to eat solid foods. As a matter of fact, it begins on day one.

Well before those Beautiful Baby Bunny Teeth erupt parents should develop a set pattern for Oral Health.

As soon as that little Bunny is home and settled in, get ready to get started. 10 out to 10 Bunny Dentists recommend that the best way to do this with an infant Bunny is by using a moist gauze pad or clean washcloth to gently wipe the gums before putting the baby to bed at night.  As teeth begin to erupt you can then advance to using a child size soft toothbrush to brush the teeth.

Bunny Brushing TeethThe best position for brushing your young Bunnies’s teeth once they do come in is similar to the position the dentist or hygienist uses at the office. The parent or caregiver should sit on a bed or sofa and have the baby or young Bunny’s’s head in his/her lap. This way the brusher has control of the little Bunny’s head and can use a finger to pull the check slightly to aid in access.

This position allows for better control of the toothbrush and avoids jabbing motions that occur when the young Bunny is standing in front of the Bunny brushing its teeth. After ensuring that all surfaces have been brushed, you can then let the little Bunny have a turn brushing.

An easy way to make this nightly process fun is with the Germ Game whereby one pretends to be chasing particular “germs” around the mouth with the toothbrush. This can go on as long as necessary by finding other germs that you need to get. Some germs may be trickier than others and therefore take a little more brushing to capture. We sometimes even name the germs we are chasing such as a “Daddy Germ” or a “Mommy Germ”… You can finish with some belly tickles or kisses all of which can make your little Bunny look forward to this special bedtime ritual.

And because children are much like young Bunnies, they will quickly be coming to you for the Germ Game as part of their Nightly Bedtime Delay Strategy! However, you do have to be vigilant that there is nothing to eat or drink except water after brushing. Soon they will figure out how to work it into their strategy most effectively.

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During the early years a child’s tooth paste is more palatable to the child than those marketed to adults and only a very small amount of tooth paste (the size of a grain of rice) is needed. This can be slowly increased to a pea sized portion as the little Bunny grows. Remember, it is the brushing that cleans the teeth – not the toothpaste! The toothbrush should be child size with soft bristles.

Ideally the teeth should be brushed after breakfast and before bed. However, the most important time to brush is the last activity at night before going to bed. And remember that after the nighttime brushing there should be no snacks and the only liquids should be water.

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Bottle Mouth

The first condition to look out for in your baby Bunnies is “Baby Bottle Mouth”.  Unfortunately many Bunny dentists see babies and young children with decay in multiple teeth at a very young age. And although this is distressing, it can be preventable.

Bunny at the DentistYou see, the most common cause for this is allowing baby Bunnies to go to bed with bottles containing liquids other than water. Residual milk (even breast milk), juices, or other sugary beverages in a baby bottle when the child is put down for the night or even a nap will cause tooth decay.

During sleep the flow of saliva decreases causing the residual sugary drink to stay in contact with the teeth. As a result, the normal bacterial flora in the mouth produce plaque and acids which lead to tooth decay. The only beverage that should be in a bottle when a baby or young Bunny goes to sleep is water.

This is an issue that parents can easily circumvent by avoiding the trap of giving infants and children sugary liquids marketed as healthful drinks. If milk and water are consistently offered to children from the beginning, they then become accustomed to enjoying milk and water as fluids of choice. Incidentally, this will also be helpful for Human children going forward as high calorie, sugary drinks are significant contributors to the development of both obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Bunny Scout IllustrationMilk is important for bone development and as a source of protein, and a warm bottle of milk can be quite soothing and relaxing. None the less, water should be the only fluid in the bottle before sleep once the teeth have been cleaned.

Remember, if you don’t give your little Bunny sugary drinks and juices they won’t develop an affinity for them. A Bunny can’t miss what a Bunny has never had. In lieu of juices, it is far better to add fruits as natural fresh foods as they begin to be added to their diet. The juice industry won’t agree but your pediatrician probably will.

 

The payoff for this is not only better nutritional (and economic) choices but also the avoidance of the traumatic experience of tooth extractions required as a result of advanced tooth decay. It is important to understand that while it’s true that the tooth being removed are “only” baby teeth, those teeth serve a very important purpose. They play a significant role of maintaining proper anatomic placement for subsequent permanent teeth and ultimately the structure of the jaw.  So be sure to give your little Bunny the chance to develop that Beautiful Baby Bunny Smile!

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36 Comments

  • Tammy Catterton Posted July 3, 2017 10:35 pm

    Yes taking care of your teeth so important indeed . Flossing helps alos

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 3, 2017 10:55 pm

      /)_/)
      ( ;’ )

  • Margaret Appel Posted July 3, 2017 10:46 pm

    This is a wonderful article! Proper oral hygiene is very important where the teeth are concerned. I shared this on Facebook & Twitter so other parents can be informed! Loved the nighttime ritual of chasing germs during brushing.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 3, 2017 10:54 pm

      🙂

  • crystal mccord Posted July 3, 2017 10:49 pm

    Wonderfully written blog post.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 3, 2017 10:53 pm

      🙂

    • Caroline Eby Posted July 4, 2017 2:00 pm

      Agreed

  • Nancy Burgess Posted July 4, 2017 3:20 am

    So important to take care of your teeth.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 4, 2017 12:45 pm

      🙂

  • Caroline Eby Posted July 4, 2017 2:02 pm

    I can’t wait to show my pearly whites with the tan I will get at the beach in a few weeks.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 4, 2017 2:06 pm

      Oh excellent! Just don’t forget the sunscreen! 🙂

  • Amanda Meister Posted July 4, 2017 3:31 pm

    Teach them young so it’s easier to continue healthy mouth and teeth hygiene.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 4, 2017 3:39 pm

      🙂

  • Steve Posted July 5, 2017 12:16 am

    Great read.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 5, 2017 12:21 pm

      Thanks Steve! 🙂

  • Steve Posted July 5, 2017 12:23 am

    My summer fun comes from being outside or relaxing by a campfire with my family.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 5, 2017 12:21 pm

      😉

  • LeAnn Harbert Posted July 5, 2017 4:52 pm

    My granddaughter just got her first tooth. This is good advice.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 5, 2017 4:57 pm

      Oh Lovely! Enjoy every moment!

  • HeatherK Posted July 5, 2017 9:49 pm

    The best thing to do is work it into your nightly routine otherwise it’s easy to forget.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 5, 2017 10:00 pm

      Definitely! 🙂

  • Michelle Plummer Posted July 5, 2017 10:40 pm

    We make brushing a consistent part of our daily routine.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 6, 2017 12:47 am

      🙂

  • Cathleen King Posted July 6, 2017 12:02 am

    So cool, learning advice I didn’t know.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 6, 2017 12:47 am

      🙂

  • KENNETH OHL Posted July 6, 2017 9:39 am

    this is so neat and love the ideas

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 6, 2017 12:28 pm

      Delighted to hear it! Have fun!

  • Renee Rousseau Posted July 6, 2017 6:48 pm

    Great reminder how important teeth health is to general health and well being. Early prevention and care will last a lifetime.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 6, 2017 7:20 pm

      🙂

  • John Smith Posted July 7, 2017 12:19 am

    Bunnies should use small, circular motions!

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 7, 2017 12:36 am

      Ha! Yes. I think that is an excellent suggestion!
      #eatmorecarrots

  • Dana Rodriguez Posted July 8, 2017 10:28 pm

    I just love this post. Kids need to be taught to “hop to it” and keep those teeth clean!

  • Terri S. Posted July 10, 2017 5:21 pm

    I followed these important steps for good oral hygiene with my now grown children and continue to do this with my 2 grandkids. I also didn’t give them sugary drinks and candy. My 2 grandkids are very content to drink water and have fruit for snacks.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 10, 2017 5:31 pm

      Great! Those baby teeth are important!

  • chickie brewer Posted July 19, 2017 9:49 pm

    I t so adorable cute, and nice to learn to take care of your teeth.

    • Scout, Bunny Posted July 19, 2017 9:54 pm

      Thanks! Glad we could be of help! 🙂

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