Once your baby’s teeth begin to emerge, it is time to start tending to them. Although they may be around for a short period of time, maintaining good oral hygiene is critical for your baby’s gums and future adult teeth. If your child lacks a healthy set of baby teeth, he or she could experience difficulty chewing and speaking clearly.
Care for the Gums Prior to Tooth Growth
Cleaning your baby’s gums out after feeding will get you in the habit of practicing regular oral hygiene. Avoid using a toothbrush and toothpaste for this process. See below for a few helpful tips:
- Use a soft, damp washcloth
- Try a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger
- Always wipe your baby’s teeth before bedtime
- Purchase a soft, thimble-like device for easier cleaning
By following routine gum maintenance, your baby won’t have to suffer from bacteria that cling to the gums.
Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth
When you notice your baby’s teeth popping up, this is a sign that it’s time to graduate to a toothbrush. Select a toothbrush with a:
- Soft brush
- Small head
- Large handle
Avoid using toothpaste in the beginning stages and stick with just a wet toothbrush. As more teeth develop, start incorporating toothpaste. However, it is crucial that the amount you are using is only the size of a grain of rice. Increase the portion to a pea sized amount once your child is 3-years-old.
Continue to brush your child’s teeth until he or she is old enough to hold the toothbrush. Monitor the process until your child can fully rinse and spit without support. Generally, this occurs at around age 6.
Bring your child to the dentist at age 1. Lindner Dental has extensive experience providing superb dental care to children. We offer advice on everything from baby tooth care and teething to fluoride and thumb sucking. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your child.