Congratulations! You are blessed with a cute little baby.
During the first few months after birth, everything that he does seems so adorable and cute. Another happy moment soon follows, when you spot the first little teeth coming up! Your baby will undoubtedly look even more adorable as his tiny little teeth start erupting. As a parent, it is important for you to understand and take proper care of his teeth.
Cleaning your baby’s gums before the arrival of teeth is also vital, as it then transforms into a daily routine and helps easy transition into brushing later on. It is impossible to detect when dental decay can occur, so starting early oral hygiene is often the best way to prevent it.
Generally, teething occurs in babies at around six months of age, and sometimes, it may not appear till nine months of age, which is nothing to worry about. Every baby is different and grows at its own pace – sooner or later your baby will start developing teeth. A healthy set of teeth i
There are some important points you need to keep in mind when it comes to how to brush baby teeth and also to ensure good dental care of your baby- and that’s what we’ve explained here.
Your Baby’s First Visit to the Dentist:
Generally, you should visit the dentist with your baby by the first birthday. Yes, your baby should have the first dentist appointment at around the twelfth month.
The dentist will suggest various oral hygiene techniques. Your dentist will explain how to help your baby with teething and how you can introduce the concept of brushing to your baby. Your dentist will also tell you whether your baby can start using toothpaste and recommend some good toothpaste for your little one.
Start With The Gums:
Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, it is important to take care of the gums. Initially you don’t need a toothbrush or toothpaste to do so. To ensure you are cleaning your baby’s gums properly, follow these steps:
- Take a soft handkerchief or washcloth and moist it with drinking water.
- Wrap this cloth around your index finger.
- Now gently wipe your baby’s gums at least twice a day (make sure you are not applying too much pressure as it can hurt your baby’s gums).
- Alternatively, you can buy a finger toothbrush that is made of a soft rubbery material.
- Do this after mealtime and before bed time.
- This will help set the tone for a brushing routine later.
Doing this will remove the bacteria from your baby’s gums. Bacteria often leave behind a sticky plaque. This can be damaging to your baby’s teeth as they start to protrude out of the gums.
Taking Care of Your Baby’s First Tooth:
You may think that it is okay to not care much for your baby’s teeth as these will eventually fall off. But these first teeth actually help preserve the spacing. These also help your baby chew the food and help in talking properly. If you do not take care of your baby’s first teeth, it can lead to tooth decay. This will lead to germ build-up, leading to further damage.
How and When To Brush Your Baby’s Teeth:
You should start taking care of your baby’s teeth from the moment they appear. This will vary from baby to baby. While some babies will get their first tooth around the fifth month, some may get it later or earlier. Some babies are even born with a pearly!
- When you see primary teeth, you must start using a toothbrush, especially those designed for babies. A baby brush comes with a small head, soft bristles and an enough large handle to make it easy for the babies to hold it.
- Around the age of one, you can start brushing your baby’s teeth using toothpaste. Just take out a pea-sized amount of non-fluorinated toothpaste and gently brush them. You can wait till your baby turns two, so as to use fluorinated toothpaste.
- Using small and gentle circular movements, brush your baby’s teeth concentrating on the areas where the gums and the teeth meet. Make sure you brush your baby’s teeth gently as the gums are tender during teething and may get hurt due to vigorous brushing.
- Make your baby spit out the toothpaste after the brushing is done and then gently rinse the mouth.
If your baby does not like to get his teeth brushed, let him hold the brush-his way, he will feel more in control.
If your baby is rather active, you can use the toothbrush while baby is lying down on a safe surface. A good way to start doing this is on the bed. Once your baby gets accustomed to the routine, you may gradually move on to the bathroom.
Replace your baby’s toothbrush every three to four weeks. In case the bristles look chewed or damaged, replace it immediately.
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