The teething process is different for every baby. But whether babies start teething early or late, it’s important to keep dental hygiene in mind. Parenthood can be an extremely overwhelming and adding dental care to the list of responsibilities may seem daunting. Fear not! We’ve compiled some key tips to help brighten your little one’s smile.
Did you know you can start caring for your baby’s oral health before their teeth come in? Before your baby’s teeth begin to break through the gums, it’s important to keep the gums clean to remove any bacteria that could lead to tooth decay. After meals, simply wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth.
Once your baby’s teeth start appearing, it’s recommended to brush their teeth twice per day. The key is brushing after their last meal or before bed to remove any remaining food or milk. To brush their teeth, pediatric dentists recommend using a toothbrush or finger brush that is soft with no more than three rows of bristles. Like any toothbrush, these should be replaced frequently.
Many parents wonder if babies can use fluoride toothpaste and the good news is yes, it’s safe to use. In fact, using it early on will provide extra protection for your baby’s developing teeth. It’s recommended to use no more than a rice-grain sized amount of toothpaste.
You may quickly learn that your baby is not enthusiastic about getting their teeth brushed. This is especially likely if they’re still teething and feeling sore, so it’s important to brush gently.
If your baby is upset or uncomfortable, try singing a song to help distract and soothe them through the process. It’s also helpful to let your baby play with the toothbrush or finger brush before using it. Letting them become familiar with it might make them more curious and less hesitant. They may even start putting it their mouth on their own!
Again, we know all babies are different and it may take time for them to adjust to a new routine. However, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be on-track to get help your baby develop a healthy smile.