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Tips : Caring For Your Baby’s Teeth

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Care for your baby’s teeth starts even when you do not see them. When we plant a tree we take care of soil stronger roots. Similarly for strong and healthy teeth in future, gums should get proper cleaning before milk teeth sprout. Dental hygiene is very essential even for these temporary teeth. After all, they work as base for the baby’s permanent teeth. They help your baby to chew food and talk. For a newborn, you can simply use a finger to massage and clean the gums after a feed. You can use clean, soft moistened cloth to wipe down your baby’s gum (it washes out bacteria). You may clean her tongue also very gently. The correct time to do this is after feedings or before bedtime.

Brushing Baby’s Teeth

It is good to introduce brushing to your baby early in his life. It could be started when your baby is 20 months old. Initially, do not try to clean his teeth or look for perfect brushing. Let it be a game for him; let him play with toothbrush or water – this would make him think of brushing as play time. It is going to make your job easier in future and would be helpful in developing healthy brushing habit in him. Keep in mind a few things before you start brushing:

  1. Use a soft brush with a small head so that it can go into your baby’s mouth without any discomfort.

    Caring for your baby's teeth

    Caring for your baby’s teeth

  2. Prefer one with a large handle. Trendy and various shaped toothbrush are available in market for small kids.
  3. Choose non-fluoridated toothpaste. Toothpaste with fluoride should be avoided till your baby learns to rinse and spit while brushing. (Toothpaste especially made for toddlers can be purchased from any medicine store)
  4. Use very tiny amount of toothpaste on brush (as little as a drop).
  5. Always use drinking water while brushing his teeth so that even if he drinks water instead of spitting it, there is no harm.
  6. To make him learn brushing, do it in front of him and let him try it. By the age of 4-5 he will learn to brush his teeth by himself. (You may need to supervise for one more year to ensure proper brushing)

Some more areas need attention in order to take good care of baby’s teeth:

  1. A healthy and balanced diet equally adds in building strong bones and teeth.
  2. As your baby’s teeth emerge, he may develop the urge to chew, thus add variety of fruits and vegetables to give him balanced diet.
  3. Sticky foods, sweets should be avoided as it clings to teeth and gums.
  4. Sleeping with a milk bottle is not good for teeth. It may result in poked and pitted teeth. It causes cavities too.

Although it is prescribed to see a dentist once the baby turns one, these visits should actually be made a habit by the time the baby is three years old.

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