Tips for Baby Tooth Care Posted in: Babies
Baby Tooth Care is extremely important from the very beginning itself. In fact, dental experts recommend that dental care should start even before your baby’s first teeth arrive.
Wiping their gums with a soft wet washcloth while giving a bath.
Besides, this daily routine of having his mouth cleaned will make it easier to change to brushing later on. While in some babies, the first teeth appear as early as three months, most babies develop their teeth between the ages of 6 to 10 months. Even though this first set of teeth fall off after a few years, taking care of them is essential for healthy gums and for developing strong and healthy permanent teeth in the future.
Once your baby begins to develop his teeth, start taking care of them right away. Although they will be replaced in later years, proper care is highly essential.
It can lead to tooth decay and gum infection, which in turn can affect the spacing of permanent teeth.
Avoid putting your baby to bed with a feeding bottle in his mouth.
Milk or juice, when kept in the mouth for a long time can cause cavities. You will know cavities are forming in your baby’s teeth when you notice discoloration and slight pitting on the tooth. Sugary foods cause tooth decay. So try to reduce the amount of sugar in your baby’s diet.
Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear.
Apply a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush and brush gently in circles. Gradually start brushing thoroughly so that all surfaces of the teeth are cleaned properly. Make sure to develop the habit of brushing teeth twice daily- once in the morning and once before bedtime. After brushing, encourage your baby to spit out the toothpaste.
Your baby may not like his teeth getting brushed but you have to keep on trying. Help your baby develop an interest by making it a fun activity.
Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to wear off.
Good baby tooth care should start from the very early beginning of your kid’s life. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that your baby gets his first dental exam within six months after his first tooth comes through, or by the time he is one year old, whichever comes first.