Hey look! Who has 2 lower/upper teeth already! Or a mouth full of super cute baby teeth. Your baby! Now that your baby’s teeth are on their way in, it’s time to start taking care of them.
It is essential to start caring for your baby’s gum and teeth early as their health will play a huge role in that of the future permanent teeth.
Here are some practical tips.
1. Start Early
Long before the teeth break, start cleaning her mouth with a warm, wet and clean washcloth. Wipe off excess food and remains after each feed. Just because baby teeth eventually fall off doesn’t make them unimportant. They help preserve the spacing for the permanent teeth and also help the baby chew and talk.
2. Avoid Cavities
Baby teeth discoloration is one of the early signs of cavities. Avoid putting baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. Also don’t leave your baby to chew on the bottle after feeding.
3. Brush with Toothpaste from 18 Months
If you don’t have access to baby toothpaste ( cavity preventing fluoride toothpaste, wait till at least 18 months before introducing family paste. With a small amount of fluoride baby toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice, gently brush your baby’s teeth twice a day.
4. Reduce Sugar/Sugary Food
Apart from them not being healthy for the body, they are not good for your baby’s teeth.
5. Schedule A Dental Appointment
If you notice excess bleeding or pain from your baby’s teeth, have it checked as soon as possible.
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