If you are a new parent, then you know that there is so much to learn. It is Important to pay careful attention to your little one’s dental health. With all the other things there are to worry about, this is something that parents do not pay as much attention to. You may wonder how to brush your baby’s teeth, especially when they refuse to cooperate. The most important this is to establish a pattern of dental hygiene early on, because that will lay the foundation for the later years. So the earlier you start, the fewer headaches you will find.
When they are too small for chompers, you can still clean your baby’s mouth to remove any milk or formula left overs. Use a washcloth to gently wipe the gums clean. Starting from this early age will introduce the whole process, and they will mind it less in the coming toddler stage. You can use this same method once the first teeth begin to poke through, but make sure to do this at least once or twice each day. This will ward off any bad bacteria that would degrade the enamel on these new pearly whites. Always be gentle, as your baby’s gums are very sensitive, and rough motions may be particularly painful. Also, try to avoid sending babies to bed with juice or milk, as this is thwarts the good bacteria from doing its job.
When the first tooth begins to poke through, it is a good idea to go ahead and purchase a child’s toothbrush. You will want it to have a small head, and handle easy to grip. You will also want the bristles to be soft. You should replace the toothbrush every three months or so, but if is show visible signs of wear, you will want to replace it sooner. There are also special infant tooth brushes you can purchase. These just fit right over your finger, but beware of your biting baby. You will want to let older little ones to brush themselves to teach them good habits, but make sure to go back over what they have done for good measure.
If you opt to use toothpaste, then beware to only use the kind designed for babies. This is designed to contain very little fluoride. Those children under two years of age should have little to no fluoride, according the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry. Fluoride reinforces tooth enamel, and is good for older children and an adult, but too much of a good thing, is a bad thing. It can even cause a condition known as fluorosis, which leaves white places on the adult teeth. Never use adult toothpaste for young children for this reason. Demonstrate healthy dental habits yourself. Show your child how you brush your teeth. This will only make them want to take care of their teeth even more! The best way they learn, of course, is by copying you.