Once your baby starts teething (something you will most certainly know about!), you need to start focusing more on their oral health. It is not only your responsibility to care for their teeth while they’re infants, but to teach them good oral health habits to help them when they’re older too. Even though their first set of teeth won’t be permanent, caring for them will help keep their gums and future teeth healthy. Take a look at the following tips for how to care for your baby’s teeth.
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Clean their mouths out after feeding
Even when a baby is very young, they’ll need their mouths cleaned to help keep their gums healthy. After a feed, wipe excess food out of their mouths using either a clean cloth or a special rubber/silicone tool designed to help make cleaning your baby’s mouth easier.
Help make teething easier
Teething is a difficult stage for your baby and is something that will cause them a lot of irritation and discomfort. There are a many things you can do to help your teething baby, but giving them something to chew on like their dummy or a teething ring will be one of the most beneficial.
Start cleaning teeth when they come through
As soon as your baby’s teeth start coming through, you need to start cleaning them. Taking care of your baby’s teeth will help to prevent cavities. Buy a toothbrush suitable for babies and use water to help keep their mouths clean. Avoid toothpastes which contain fluorides until they’re 2-3 years old as babies should only have water as their fluoride source up until this point.
Help avoid decay and cavities
Even though your baby’s milk teeth won’t be permanent, they are still susceptible to painful cavities. Lowering their sugar intake can help to avoid plaque buildup and help their teeth stay strong. Make sure their teeth are cleaned regularly and avoiding giving them milk or juice in their bottle before bed – give them water if they rely on a bottle to help them sleep.
Start making dental appointments
You should seek to make an appointment with a children’s dentist when their first tooth comes through, which will usually happen before their first birthday. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how frequent the appointments should be and can alert you to any problems that may need keeping an eye on.
Watch out for changes
As your child’s teeth grow, you should inspect them regularly for changes. Keep an eye out for signs of decay or wear and any inflammation around the gums. Book an appointment with your dentist if you’re concerned, particularly if your child is in pain.
Looking after your baby’s teeth is important for safeguarding their health while they’re young. If you’re unsure of what to do or what products to use, talk to other parents who’ve been there before or get some advice from your doctor or dentist to help get their teeth off to the healthiest start.