For most of the babies, at six months old is when their first teeth start appearing, but for some others, they don’t grow until they turn one year old. In both cases, it’s very important to take care of the oral hygiene of the baby even when their teeth haven’t appeared yet. Caring about the buccal hygiene of the baby from the beginning will later determine the health and appearance of their teeth.
Taking care of the babies’ buccal hygiene must be a priority since their birth, this is a very important factor in order to avoid the later apparition of cavities and gum diseases.
The first’s dental cares of the babies start with the cleaning of their gums. This task must be done at least once a day and it can be preferable during their bath time. For that, it can be used a special fingertip toothbrush made of silicon or a wet gauze. The use of toothpaste is not needed during this initial stage.
To properly clean the gums of the baby, use the fingertip toothbrush or put the wet gauze around your finger and gently rub your baby’s gums.
Starting an early buccal hygiene can be later very helpful to your baby, as he will easily develop the habit of brushing his teeth every day.
Apparition of the first teeth:
The apparition of the first teeth of the baby happens frequently around the six months old, at this moment is necessary to start cleaning the first teeth with a special toothbrush for babies. If your baby is already six months old or more and his teeth haven’t grown yet, don’t get worried, for some kids, this process takes a little more time.
To clean your baby’s first teeth spread just a little bit of a special toothpaste for kids over the recommended toothbrush and then clean his teeth doing smooth movements on the front and back side of the tooth. Also, try to brush the baby’s tongue to avoid bacteria that could cause him bad breath. It’s very important to repeat this twice a day and to replace your baby’s toothbrush when their sows start looking old.
When brushing your baby’s teeth be careful of the amount of toothpaste used to avoid the excess of fluorine. The correct amount should be so small that no water should be needed to rinse the toothpaste out of your baby’s mouth.
Preventing baby bottle tooth decay:
The baby bottle tooth decay is one of the main threats to the babies’ oral health, and it happens when the teeth are frequently exposed to sugared liquids such as milk or juice. The baby bottle tooth decay causes the apparition of cavities; in order to prevent it, you must avoid giving your baby sweetened beverages before going to sleep and clean his gums twice a day or after every meal with the utensils and procedures mentioned before.
Take care early of your baby’s dental hygiene and also teach him its importance!