Around the 4-6 month mark, your little one’s teeth will start to erupt. You will see small white caps crowning from their gums. This is when you know that teething has begun and that it is time to follow all the guidelines for milk teeth care.
Here’s a guide to follow from teething itself:
The Teething Period
It’s important to soothe the teething pain and irritation while also ensuring that hygiene is followed. Bad hygiene can often create a risk for transmission of the microbe S. mutans, which can cause infections and dental caries. You can use a small smear of toothpaste and a washcloth to clean the gums.
The First Few Milk Teeth
Once the milk teeth are out, your baby will have a few teeth in the mouth. You can use a finger brush and a rice grain-sized smear of toothpaste.
Make sure you use toothpaste that is specifically made for children. Colgate Kids Toothpaste is made with the expertise of pediatric dentists, so that your child gets the safe and appropriate amount of toothpaste to protect your teeth. This is also an ideal time to take your child for their first dentist appointment.
Taking Care Of Kids’ Teeth
Since milk teeth are softer and thinner, it’s important to keep them safe from germs which can erode the enamel and cause dental caries. And the best proven way to do so is to use fluoridated toothpaste, which can remineralize the teeth and protect the enamel from erosion.
Make Milk Teeth Care Fuss-Free
While using the right toothpaste and brushing twice a day helps, it is most effective when you follow the right technique and ensure that you are brushing your child’s teeth for a full 2 minutes.
Unfortunately, this can be a challenge because your child will find so many better things to do rather than brush their teeth! That’s why it’s important to make brushing fun - so that you can have a fuss-free morning!
Make sure you choose toothpaste that is actually kid-friendly, with a fruity flavoured taste. Like the Strawberry and Bubblefruit flavours of Colgate Kids Toothpaste, which your child will not only like, but ask for! Children prefer these flavours over the minty harsh taste of toothpaste.
Another advantage of using Colgate Kids for your little one, is the cool cartoon designs and the free 2-minute timer that come with the pack! So while your little one is enjoying the distraction of Barbie or Motu Patlu, you can use the 2-minute timer to make sure that you brush their teeth for a full 2 minutes as recommended by the dentist.
Keep in mind, however, that you should start following a dental care routine for your little one right from the beginning. Oral care extends from cleaning your newborn’s gums, to supervising your 8 year old as he brushes his teeth, to make sure your child has learnt the right technique. Taking good care of the milk teeth can help ensure that your little one’s smile stays bright, and that he also has healthy permanent teeth when he is all grown up! So no matter how little your little one is, ensure that you add an element of fun to engage your child and make brushing fun as well as fuss-free!
With these tips and a little help from Colgate Kids Toothpaste, you will be able to protect your child’s adorable smile.