Even if your baby’s primary teeth is temporary and will be replaced by the time he reaches school, it is very important to take care of his teeth which will help establish good dental health in future.
The permanent teeth might grow crooked if good care is not taken of the primary teeth. Your baby’s speech development will also be affected due to decayed or lost teeth, if proper placement of permanent teeth is not maintained.
When To Start Brushing Baby Teeth?
You can start brushing your baby’s tooth as soon as the first ones come out of the gums. You can use a damp cloth or a finger brush to gently clean the teeth after meals. If you are using a toothbrush, make sure to moisten it with water and use no more than a rice grain of baby toothpaste. Also make sure that the toothbrush is soft and has no more than 3 bristles. Your dentist or pharmacist can help you find the right toothbrush for your baby. Do not use any toothbrush that has become rough on the edges or if they are older than 2 months due to the risk of building mouth bacteria.
Should You Brush Baby’s Gums?
According to pediatric dentist, it is recommended that you brush baby gums after every meal to promote good oral health and also to help fight bacteria. Remember not to use a toothbrush and use a damp cloth or a silicone finger brush instead, which are gentle on your baby’s gums.
Is Fluoride Toothpaste Safe For Babies?
The Indian Dental Association talks about the importance of using fluoride for infants and children from 6 months to 16 years. You can start with a rice grain of toothpaste during the beginning days and increase it to pea size by the time your kid reaches 7 years.
There is nothing to worry if your baby swallows small amount of toothpaste as it would not pose any risk. You can teach your baby how to spit as they grow.
How To Teach Baby To Brush Teeth?
Once you start brushing your baby’s teeth, as they get older they will be interested in brushing themselves. If your baby is interested, then let them do it on their own. But still make sure to do a follow up with more thorough cleaning after they are done. If you want to encourage your baby take interest in dental care, then buy a toothbrush of your baby’s favorite cartoon character or any bright color. Babies learn a lot from their parents, so take good dental care of your own too.
What To Do If Your Baby Hates Brushing Teeth?
Not every baby likes the idea of getting their teeth cleaned, especially when their teeth are sore due to teething. If your baby is resistant, then below are few tips that you can try:
– Your baby might not like to brush if their gums are sensitive. In such cases go easy on them. Use a soft cloth and gently clean it.
– Distract your baby by singing a song whenever you clean its teeth. Your baby can be easily distracted when you sing its favorite song.
– Show your baby how brushing is done and how much you enjoy doing it. This may help you baby ease in. You can also play a game on who brushes first.
– Your baby may not like using a toothbrush in the beginning. You can let you baby play with it as a toy. Eventually it may feel comfortable and put it in its mouth.
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