A newborn is the proudest moment of all parents. This is a happy time for a family that just added a new member. While, it is a great moment for your family, this is a delicate time for an infant.
Infants require so much care while they are at this stage of development. Immunization and normal baby care activities is the responsibility of their parents. Even, infant dental care is important once the baby’s first tooth pops out.
Clean teeth is important so that your baby doesn’t get damaged teeth as they continue to develop. A sterilized soft cloth can serve as your baby’s first toothbrush. Use your finger to slowly dap on the tooth to make sure you don’t do anything harmful to it.
You can also schedule a visit to a dentist so you can consult on whether what you’re doing is right. Dentists can also give you information on whether your infant is ready for a toothbrush to replace the washcloth.
There are those that wait for several teeth to come out while others will suggest to start using a toothbrush until their 2 years old. We have some general information to help you with your infant’s tooth care.
- There are toothbrushes for babies with have super soft bristles to be less harsh on their teeth. A quick soak in a cup of warm water will help to make the bristles of your baby’s toothbrush even softer.
- Toothpastes are full of fluoride even if they’re especially made for babies. Use a really small amount, a thin streak of toothpaste should be enough to clean their teeth. Add more toothpaste as your infant becomes a toddler but until then stick to a small amount.
- Tooth care should be done once your baby wakes up and right before he/she goes to sleep.
- When cleaning your baby’s teeth, start by cleaning the tough molars at the rear end of their mouth. It is where cavities form first and you should be able to protect them from it right away.
- An infant’s toothbrush should be replaced quarterly to keep it clean and have less wear and tear. Avoid mixing up toothbrushes when using them.
- Flossing can be done if you find that there are teeth growing side by side. Don’t use a floss string. A good alternative will be sticks with dental tips which is less risky on your baby’s teeth. Take extra care when flossing your child’s teeth.
- Don’t hesitate to use flouride supplements if recommended by your dentist. It will help in taking care of your child’s teeth. It’s a naturally occurring chemical that will keep their teeth strong even at a very young age.
- Look for toothpastes that are good for babies. This can be found on the manufacturing label. These are regulations set by your country’s dental organization to keep tooth care safe and effective.
One of the best recommendations for your infant is to start paying regular visits to a dentist six months after their first tooth shows up. These dental orthodontists will look for problems with their teeth and correct them right away.