A baby’s first teeth usually begin to show at around 6 – 12 months. It is important that you start to care for your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. Knowing how to care for your little one’s tiny teeth can be daunting and confusing.
Below are several baby teeth care tips to help you ensure your baby has healthy teeth from the start.
1 – Use cotton buds
If the thought of stuffing a toothbrush into your baby’s tiny mouth to clean one little tooth at the front that is barely cut does not fill you with confidence, you could try using a cotton bud with water to clean those first front teeth. Cleaning first teeth this way, is not only much gentler and less abrasive than using a toothbrush and toothpaste, but it will also help introduce your baby to the idea of having their teeth cleaned.
2 – Let your child watch you brush your teeth
Babies and young children love to copy, therefore letting them watch you brush your teeth will help them get used to the idea and encourage them that it is just part of the normal daily routine and is nothing to be scared of.
3 – Make cleaning fun
Try to make cleaning your baby’s teeth as fun as possible. Sit her on your knee and play ‘peek a boo’ games with her. Try and make your baby associate cleaning her teeth with being fun.
4 – Use toothpaste for children
Children’s toothpaste generally tastes less ‘minty’ and harsh than adult’s toothpaste. Strawberry and other fruit flavoured toothpastes are often a better option than mint flavoured children’s toothpaste to help get your little one used to the taste of having her teeth brushed.
5 – Take your toddler to the dentist
To implement a good health care regime, it is important to start taking your child to the dentist at an early age and make regular six month check ups thereafter. Make the first appointment with the dentist when your child is 2 -3 years old.