How to wash your baby’s first teeth

Dental care is so important in every stage of a person’s life, including childhood. Teaching your child about the rules of a correct dental hygiene routine is essential for making the toddler understand the importance of dental health and the dentist as a person not to be afraid of.Many parents are not really sure how to properly take care of their toddler’s teeth, when to start using a tooth brush, what toothpaste to buy or when is the right time for the first dental visit. This is why we dedicate this article to answering some of these important questions that may impact your child’s dental health.

When to use a tooth brush

When a baby does not have his teeth yet, that doesn’t mean you should not clean its mouth in order to get rid of food residues. Obviously you will not use a tooth brush as there are no teeth to brush but what you should use is a soft cloth and some warm water to gently clean the baby’s mouth. When doing that, make sure you don't rub the cloth in with too much pressure not to cause gum irritations. Once your baby has the first teeth out, it is time to start using a tooth brush. Make sure to buy a baby tooth brush with extra soft bristles or a finger brush. In this stages when the baby has only started developing teeth don't use toothpaste. Use only warm water. Massage your baby’s little teeth with very gentle movements. Also massage gently the gums even where there are no teeth yet. This will make your baby get used to the feeling of brushing and teach him that it’s a pleasant experience that does not cause any pain.

Remember that toothpaste should not be used during the first months of the baby’s life. Also remember that even if fluoride is very important during childhood, it should be avoided when the baby is 2 or 3 year’s old. When you do start using a fluoride toothpaste to wash the baby’s teeth , use a toothpaste that has a mild taste (try it out yourself before brushing the child’s teeth). Also, consult your dentist in order to decide the right time to start using a fluoride toothpaste for your baby.

When is the right time for the first dental visit?

Usually, a child starts teething around the 6th month of life and teeth will slowly come out until the age of 3. When the first teeth are starting to break through the gumline, you should make an appointment with a pediatric dentist for a visit. The dentist will examine the baby’s mouth and gumline.

Keep in mind that even baby’s teeth are subject to decay since they’re regularly exposed to juices, milk and other types of food. Moreover it is important for the dentist to check  the tooth and bite alignment as sometimes the action of sucking fingers as babies usually do can have an impact on the development and growth of teeth.

How to prevent baby teeth cavities

There is only one way: infant dental care!That means that you should consult with a pediatric dentist regarding the correct ways to handle your baby’s oral health, teeth when these come out, and oral hygiene.Also, there are a few quick tips to remember when feeding your child:
  • Try to avoid giving him juice before bed time. If the baby wants the bottle, give him a water-filled one.
  • When your baby’s teething and his gums are sore and irritated, use appropriate toys such as teething rings to help him alleviate the irritation; wash the baby’s gums with a cloth and warm water before and after he ate.
  • If you notice a cavity in your baby’s teeth, visit the dentist right away. Cavities in infant teeth are not something to ignore as an untreated cavity may result in serious complications once the permanent teeth grow out.

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