They may be tiny and appear in ones and twos, but the minute you see them, start taking care of them. We are talking about your baby’s teeth, of course. Some babies are born with a tooth while others start teething while they are six months old. Nevertheless, the minute the little white buds appear, begin cleaning them, so your baby gets used to the routine.
Should I buy a toothbrush?
For the first few days, your finger can fill in for the toothbrush. Wrap a clean muslin cloth around it and apply a very tiny smear of toothpaste on it to clean your baby’s teeth. You can then graduate to baby toothbrushes. These come with a small head and specialized soft bristles to suit your baby’s mouth. Remember to replace the brush every two months.
How do I choose a toothpaste?
There are many baby-care dental products in the market. Look for a toothpaste made for babies with fluoride content less than 1,000ppm. Adult toothpastes are not suitable for your baby as the fluoride levels are higher than what is recommended for kids. Choose a toothpaste that does not have a pleasant flavor, so your baby is not tempted to lick or swallow it.
How do I clean the teeth?
Use a thin smear of toothpaste that covers just a little more than half the length of the brush head. Gently rub the teeth and gums in circles. Ensure you rinse all the toothpaste out of your baby’s mouth. Teach your baby how to spit after cleaning, and also to not lick the toothpaste.
First visit to the dentist
Familiarize your baby with the dentist’s clinic by carrying him along with you on your appointments. You can schedule his first dental visit when the first teeth appear.