Isn’t it exciting to see your baby’s first tooth pop through the gums? As a parent, your job now is to take care of the dental needs of your child. Dental care should begin as soon as the first milk tooth appears, which usually happens around 6 months of age. Learning oral hygiene practices at a young age is important for long-term dental health.
Although they are temporary, but it is a must to take care of your baby’s primary teeth.
#1. The answer is as soon as the first tooth appears! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends cleaning your baby’s gums with clean and wet gauze or muslin or a finger brush. Simply put it around your finger, put a little toothpaste and run it around. That is sufficient to disturb the bacterial plaque.
#2. Once your baby’s teeth have erupted completely, you can graduate to a toothbrush. Always choose a soft brush with a small head and a large handle. Also, it is a good idea to check packaging to see the age range the brush is designed for. Make sure you replace your baby’s tooth brush after every 2-3 months. If the bristles start spreading out, the toothbrush needs to be changed.
#3. Choosing the right toothpaste can help reduce bacterial plaque that deposits on the teeth. Brush their teeth by using safe and natural toothpaste.
Fluoride is required if taken in the right amount at the right stage, but not in the case of infants. Since very small babies cannot spit out the toothpaste, it is always a good idea to start your little one on a fluoride-free toothpaste which is also free of Paraben, Phthalates, and Petrochemicals and hence is totally safe if swallowed.
#4. Move the brush in soft and gentle circles to clean the outer sides of the teeth and gums. After this, move in circles on the inside of the teeth and gums. Brush back and forward.
Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night). You can increase the amount of toothpaste as your kid crosses 3 years. You can also discuss your child’s fluoride and dental care needs with your pediatrician.
Kids are usually not very enthusiastic about brushing their teeth. With sore and tender gums, they also find brushing discomforting. For most moms, every morning begins with a struggle to motivate and force kids to brush. Carelessness in brushing teeth can lead to problems like cavity, gingivitis, periodontitis, gum bleeding etc.
Getting your kids to love brushing might not be an easy thing to do but is extremely important. Read these ways to make brushing enjoyable for kids: