As your baby’s teeth start to come in (and even before) starting your baby off right with dental care is essential for their long term dental health. Even getting your child used to having his mouth cleaned is a critical start and will set you up for brushing success later on down the road!
Keep reading for more tips to care for your baby’s teeth and gums.
How To Clean Your Baby’s Gums
Taking a soft, damp washcloth and gently rubbing it across your baby’s gums is a great way to soothe their gums, get rid of any excess milk or food and, in general, get them used to the process of cleaning their mouth.
How To Prevent The Spread of Bacteria
Another part of infant oral care watching what your baby puts in their mouth. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, these problems can spread if unclean objects make it into your baby’s mouth. And, things like tooth decay and cavities are often caused by bacteria, so preventing your baby from putting things like dirty toys, utensils, falling asleep with a bottle, and ensuring that all pacifiers and nipples are rinsed clean frequently can help combat infection.
How To Care for Baby’s First Teeth
Once your child gets their first tooth, it’s time to break out the soft-bristled toothbrush and a very small amount of toothpaste. Use a baby toothbrush that is sized to fit comfortably in a smaller mouth and get in the habit of brushing your baby’s teeth twice daily from the moment his first tooth appears.
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