After weeks and probably months of waiting, you finally spot your baby growing a tiny little tooth. Most parents are under the impression that they can begin teeth care once their baby has all the teeth. It is not so, you should start planning your baby’s tooth care and overall oral hygiene from day one.
Also, it is essential to note that taking care of milk teeth is just as important as taking care of permanent teeth. It is a wrong notion to assume that milk teeth care does not really matter. Here are a few must-do’s to take care of your baby’s teeth that you need to consider:
1. Start before the teeth come out
As mentioned above, the earlier you start, the better. You should ideally start working on your baby’s oral hygiene even if they have not sprouted any teeth yet. Wipe off their gums with a soft warm cloth after every feed. You can also use gauze wrapped around your finger, make sure your fingers and palms are clean. There are certain products available in the market to clean your baby’s gums. You can purchase them if you wish.
2. Avoid food before bed time
Many parents develop a habit of letting their little ones go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth or soon after a meal. Do not leave your kids with the bottle for too long, especially when they are not really feeding through the bottle. These substances settle in the teeth and are extremely notorious for cavities and germs.
3. Tooth care
Once you see a few teeth in your baby’s mouth, you can graduate from gauze to a toothbrush. The toothbrush should be extra soft, small headed and should have a large handle. Opt for toothpastes (containing fluorides) that are specific for a particular infant age group so that they do not cause any harm even if swallowed. To start with, use grain sized toothpaste on the toothbrush and gently massage over their teeth. You can gradually increase the amount of toothpaste you use to the size of a pea once your child becomes 2 to maintain proper dental hygiene.
Make sure that you lookout for pits and cavities. Should you spot any signs of tooth decay, take your baby to their paediatrician or your dentist immediately. You don’t always need to have a reason to visit their paediatrician or dentist. You can make regular appointments to ensure proper tooth care as your doctor will draw a proper dental hygiene schedule for your little one.
5. Toys and playthings
Babies like to cure their curiosity by putting everything in their mouth, be it a food item or a toy. Buy toys that do not cause harm to your baby and that do not have any hazardous plastic contents. Also, sterilise your baby’s toys and clothes regularly since they are prone to putting both of these things in their mouth. Sterilising will eliminate germs and ensure proper hygiene. Do not hesitate to throw out toys that you think might be causing harm to your child.