How to take care of baby teeth and gums

How to take care of baby teeth and gums

Care for Baby's Teeth

Most of the tooth decay prevention can be handled at home by the parents. If you want to save a lot of money on dentist visits and spare your child the pain of tooth decay, you will start them very young in the habit of taking care of their mouths.



Good habits are most easily established young. Brushing the teeth of kids should become a routine. Like as taking baths and washing hands.


First teeth begin erupting when a baby is between three and six months. Once or twice a day you can clean your baby's gum ridges with a finger covered in a clean baby washcloth. A baby washcloth is better than an ordinary one because it is thinner and will be less material to cause your baby to gag.


Generally, a baby is starting on having solid foods around the age of six months, you can follow up with drinking sips of water. Drinking water is a good way to clean out a mouth, and it is also a great opportunity to begin to transition a child to drink from a cup. 


If you plan to breastfeed your child into their toddler years. Then also you can still introduce to water in a cup during meals of solid foods to your child. If the drinking water in your home does not have fluoride you should consider a fluoride supplement for your child between the ages of 6 months and 16 years.


when you have a few teeth in their mouth to brush, you can switch from the washcloth to a toddler's toothbrush. You should Brush gently around the unavoidable gum area.


 You can do without the toothpaste until they are old enough to spit it out, which is around the age of three.


 There is also toddler toothpaste available to buy which are safe for children to swallow. If the family toothpaste has too strong a flavor for the child, then you can try a children's toothpaste or milder-flavored toothpaste without artificial sweeteners for your baby. It can be found in many pharmacies and health food stores.



You will probably need to give a large amount of supervision in teeth brushing until a child is seven or eight years old. Before then you can let the child take the toothbrush in hand and try it themselves, but many children have difficulty with the up and down motion needed to clean teeth along the gum line. 


You should check after they have brushed their teeth. You can make a visual spot check and follow up with the brush when you can see food along the gum line or stuck in molars.


When children's teeth first come in, there are usually plenty of spaces around them. when the teeth and especially the molars begin to touch. Kids need flossing as an important part of the program. 


Parents will need to handle the floss until a child is seven or eight years old.  after that, a child should be able to do flossing themselves using flossers. A flosser is usually easier than working with floss on a spool. A flosser is a U-shaped piece of plastic with a little floss strung between the open ends of the U.


According to dentists, kids should be flossing their teeth for nearly two minutes a session at least twice a day. One way to help a child brush long enough is to have a two-minute egg timer by the sink. Another way is to have a tradition of brushing one's teeth for the length it takes to hum a certain song that is long enough.


Most of the prevention of tooth decay can be handled at home by the parents. But whenever you suspect dental problems in your baby or young child, you should consult with the dentist or speak to the pediatrician. Regular checkups with a dentist can begin around the age of three years.


We tried to give some homely tips to take care of your baby. But we recommend you consult your dentist on a regular basis. 



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