Once your baby’s teeth start appearing, it is best that you start taking care of them. Even if the set will only be around for a couple of years, the teeth health is essential for the gums and the future teeth that will become permanent. Make sure that you give your baby’s teeth the best care you can provide.
Start before the teeth sets in
Who says you don’t take care of them since there are no teeth appearing? The best dental health you can provide your kid is by cleaning up the mouth even without the teeth yet. Wipe their gums off using a wet and warm washcloth after every feeding you do. You can also make use of a dampened gauze wrapped around the finger. Other ways are using a soft rubbery device that fit on your index finger to rub off the excess food.
Take Care of them right away
Once the teeth start setting in, you take care of them right away. Some parents think that the baby teeth are not as important since they will be replaced eventually with the permanent ones. However, the first teeth set will preserve the spacing for the next batch to appear, which will help the baby talk and chew. If they are not taken cared of properly, they will start to decay, which will lead to infection of the gums called gingivitis. This can affect the spacing of the permanent teeth.
The very first signs of your baby’s cavities are minor pitting and discoloration. Putting the baby with the milk bottle is only inviting them to have more cavities. Never leave the infant with the bottle for too long, especially when you notice that they are not longer feeding and is only using the bottle to get comfortable.
Water after meals
After every meal, make sure that you follow them up with water. Most foods for an infant are washed off with water. But it is good as well to introduce your baby to a toothbrush as soon as you can so that they can get used to having it in their mouth. There won’t be any need to use the brush to clean the baby teeth until he is already eating table foods when they reach 18 months old. However, you still want to clean your child’s teeth gently using a toothbrush or a cleaner using bicarbonate soda if only when your baby has eaten sugary and sticky foods.
Start introducing toothpaste at age 2
Once your baby’s teeth sets in, all the more you need to introduce them into brushing. Use a pea sized fluoride toothpaste or as smaller as that and brush those little teeth for two times a day.
Regulate fluoride intake
Even if your baby is not using fluoride toothpaste, just introduce them with enough fluoride, which is very important to prevent them from tooth decay. This is done by letting them drink tap water. Most of the communal water have added fluoride in their treatment just for this purpose alone.