Tooth Tips For Babysitters

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Helpful Tips For Babysitters (And Parents!)

A sleepless child is a babysitter’s nightmare. To keep babies or young children sleeping soundly (and safely) keep these tips in mind:

Bedtime Fussing? Could Be Teething.

If the baby is under three and fussing, it could be teething pains. You can ease some of the discomfort by rubbing the baby’s gums with a wet gauze pad. Also, a chilled teething ring can soothe tender gums and help lead to sleep.

DON’T Bed Baby With A Bottle.

A teething ring is okay, but a bottle of milk or juice isn’t. Here’s why: at night, saliva flow decreases and milk or juice settles on the teeth. The liquid turns to acid and reacts with the teeth—it’s how cavities begin.

Ask Parents First.

Parents know a lot about a child’s habits (especially bedtime routine) that they may forget to mention. So do both of you a favor and ask!

Get Emergency Information

Be sure to write down parent cell phone numbers and any other emergency contact information they wish to provide. Babysitting is a big responsibility, so don’t be afraid to admit a mistake and ask for help when you need it. If it is a life-threatening emergency, always dial 911.

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.