Most of the time, when you have a baby, you don’t think much about their teeth. But did you know that taking care of your baby’s teeth starts before they even get their first tooth? This will help them have healthy teeth in the future. Your baby’s gums are the first step toward a healthy mouth.
Taking care of your baby’s teeth ahead of time will help:
- Help the teeth grow in and line up right.
- Prevent future issues with chewing or speaking.
- Make teens and adults have better dental hygiene.
Even before your child gets his or her first tooth, it is important to keep the mouth clean to keep bacteria from sticking to the gums. This is why you should wipe your baby’s gums and mouth well with a wet washcloth at least twice a day, especially after feedings and before bedtime.
How to Brush Baby’s Teeth?
You can switch from a washcloth to a toothbrush once your baby starts to get teeth. The toothbrush you give your baby should be soft with a small head and a long handle.
At first, you can just use water to brush your baby’s teeth. As they get more teeth, you can use a very small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain) and slowly increase it until it’s the size of a pea when your child is a toddler. Once your child can hold the toothbrush correctly, you can let them brush their own teeth. However, they should be watched until they are at least six years old and know how to brush safely and well.
In addition to teaching your child how to brush and care for their teeth, the following things can affect the quality and growth of their teeth:
- Use of pacifier
- Use of bottle
Even though many kids will pick up one or more of the above habits, it is important for them to stop doing them to keep problems from happening in the future. These habits can cause tooth decay, changes to the roof of the mouth, and teeth that don’t fit together right. Also, don’t give your child drinks with a lot of sugar, like fruit juices and sodas.
The best things to put in your baby’s bottle are water, formula or breast milk.
When you take your baby to the dentist for the first time, which is recommended at age one, you can learn more about how to care for his or her teeth in a healthy way.
Dr. Motiwala can tell you everything you need to know about how to take better care of your child’s teeth. You can make an appointment by calling us or filling out our online contact form.
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