From even before your babies teeth appear, you’re going to be taking care of them. Here’s how you do that…
Even before your baby’s teeth have started to appear, it is a good idea to wipe your baby’s gums with a wet cloth, not only will this clean your baby’s gums it will establish a good habit and he/she should adapt to brushing their teeth easier.
Fluoridated toothpaste is not recommended for babies under the age of 2 years.
The care of your baby’s first teeth – otherwise known as ‘the milk teeth’ – is important as they can determine the health of permanent teeth when these milk teeth fall out. So once the first of your baby’s milk teeth have emerged you should begin to brush them using a brush that has soft bristles and small head which is specifically designed for your baby’s age. Your baby’s gums will still be very sensitive so it is best to clean your baby’s teeth gently with tap water. Fluoridated toothpaste is not recommended for babies under the age of 2 years.
Your baby will copy what you do and learn from your example, so brushing your own teeth in front of your baby will encourage them to be more obliging to the brushing of his/her teeth. You can also make it a fun experience by choosing a colourful baby friendly toothbrush.
Top tips for long term healthy teeth
- Clean your baby’s teeth twice daily (in the morning and evening), not only will this keep your baby’s teeth healthy it will also help get a good routine.
- Try to avoid sugary snacks and drinks. Pure fruit juice should be well diluted (1 part juice to 4-5 parts water). Fizzy drinks cause tooth decay.
- Don’t let your baby go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth.
- When starting off weaning your baby, begin with a savoury food first e.g. vegetables as opposed to fruit; this will reduce the chances of your baby developing a sweet tooth later in life.
- Change your baby’s toothbrush every 3 months.
- Try to get your baby drinking from a beaker by the time they reach their 1st birthday.
- Don’t dip your baby’s soother in sugar, honey or anything sweet.
If you’ve got any further questions about how best to take care of your baby’s teeth, do contact our Careline.