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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
You 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.
Milk 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!
Bunny Scout 39077, DBDS is a Doctor or Bunny Dental Surgery and practices Oral and Maliofacial Bunny Surgery in Georgia. He is also a scout for Anne Marie and Daniel.
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