How to Care for a Baby’s Teeth
The baby’s teeth and gums are delicate and very sensitive and extra special care is needed for them when it comes to daily tooth care. You want to give your child a head start on a healthy smile, and that requires some attention and a little bit of patience. Here are some pointers to get you started on how to care for a baby’s teeth. These steps can help you better care for your baby’s teeth so they start to learn from the very beginning what it takes to keep a nice smile.
The right time to start brushing a baby’s teeth
When you see the baby’s first tooth bud emerging, you can start cleaning the baby’s teeth up to twice a day. Brushing at least once a day at bedtime will help remove harmful bacteria and plaque that can cause tooth decay. You can start to wipe the tooth with wet terry cloth towel also if the toothbrush is too big or uncomfortable to the baby. Starting early is good as it will help the baby get used to having her teeth cleaned. The two lower teeth will often be the first to emerge (lower incisors), followed by the two upper (central incisors). You should see a tooth appear when the baby is about 6 months old. But this isn’t definite and the time the first tooth appears can hugely vary.
Your child will likely need your assistance in her tooth care routine until she’s about seven. Dentists usually recommend you brush and floss a child’s teeth until they are about 6 years old. By that time, your child should be able to brush her teeth on her own with some supervision. Continue to monitor your child’s tooth care routine until you’ve established they’ve got it down. You should use an infant brush in the very early stages while the baby’s teeth and gums are still forming and are very delicate. There are many types of infant toothbrushes on the market, and you should consult with your pediatric dentist to narrow down the best one for your baby. An infant brush has soft bristles and a small head, designed specifically to be gentle on a baby. Use a clean, damp washcloth to clear away harmful bacteria on the gums.
What type of toothpaste is best for a baby?
Look for toothpastes that are made especially for babies. You can use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste on your baby’s teeth as soon as the teeth erupt to help prevent early tooth decay. Consult with your pediatric dentist to see which toothpaste you should use that is best suited for your baby’s health. You should only use a thin film of toothpaste that covers about three quarters of the brush.
How to clean the baby’s teeth
It is best that you try to get the hang of brushing your baby’s teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and the second one before bed after the baby had her last drink. So that you can easily brush a baby’s teeth, you can sit her on your lap facing away from you. This position is best when cleaning baby’s teeth even that of a toddler.
When brushing, do it in small, gentle circular motions concentrating on the areas where the gums and teeth meet. When teething, the baby’s gums are tender so make sure that you are gentle when you brush a baby’s teeth. Once you are done, be sure that the baby spit the excess toothpaste but do not to rinse her mouth.
Of course, aside from daily care, it is important that you have your baby’s teeth checked by a pediatric dentist regularly. Regular check ups, in addition to daily brushing and flossing can effectively help maintain the health of our child’s teeth and gums.
Should you clean your baby’s gums before the teeth come in?
Absolutely. Clean your baby’s gums with a gauze or soft wash cloth before the teeth come in. Although bacteria probably won’t form on the gums, it’s difficult to tell when teeth start coming in, so you’ll want to get an early start on care.