Proper care for your baby’s teeth should begin before the teeth have even begun to show – it all starts with the gums. Though most babies will not begin to teeth until they are between 6-10 months old, they are born with a full set of teeth in their gums, making it just as important to care for your child’s mouth from the get-go.
So what are some of the best ways to care for your baby’s teeth and gums?
Before the Teeth Arrive
The best way to ensure a healthy mouth before the teeth have begun to show is to gently wipe your child’s gums twice daily – once after breakfast and once before bed. Whether you choose to do this with a wet washcloth, a damp piece of gauze wrapped around your finger, or a specially designed rubber thimble is up to you. This small act carried out twice a day removes any excess food from your child’s mouth, keeping it healthy and clean.
Even though baby teeth aren’t permanent, and will be replaced with a full set of adult teeth in just a few years’ time, it is still important to care for them properly, and to start caring for them as soon as they arrive. They help your child to chew their food and learn to talk. Without proper care, there is the possibility of decay and gingivitis – a gum infection which could affect the spacing of your child’s permanent teeth when they come through.
Again, your child’s teeth should be cleaned twice a day with either a clean, wet washcloth or damp gauze. You may also want to try using a small, soft toothbrush that has been designed for children under two years of age.
Up until your child is 18 months old, you should only use water to clean their teeth. Past 18 months, it is recommended that you use a pea-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste.
How to Brush
Though you will no doubt be well-versed in how to brush your own teeth, brushing your baby’s teeth requires a bit more care. The best way to clean your baby’s teeth is to first make sure they’re in a position where you can see their mouth and they are secure. Rest their head against you for support as you clean the teeth in soft, circular motions, making sure to reach the front and back of the teeth, as well as the gum line.
Though you might think that cavities only develop after prolonged decay and exposure to sugary foods, babies are also exposed. One of the most common causes for cavities in young children is putting them to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.
If you spot discolouration or minor pitting in your child’s teeth, it is a sign of a potential cavity.
If you child is having trouble with teething, or you think they may have a cavity forming, don’t hesitate to contact us today and book an appointment.Leave a reply →