Did you know that baby teeth start to grow while your baby is still in the womb? It’s never too early to start taking care of your little ones teeth and gums to establish good dental hygiene. Here’s some tips on how to get started.
Your baby’s first teeth will start to appear around the six month mark, and they are sure to let you know about it! If your little one is teething, they are likely to have flushed cheeks, dribble a lot, and be out of sorts. They may also be more susceptible to nappy rash at this time so be sure to change your baby often and use a good barrier cream. Give them something cool to ‘gum’ on like our ClevaFeed™ Baby Food Fruit Feeder or use a teething gel to help soothe inflamed gums.
Once your little one’s first ‘pearly white’ has appeared, it’s time to introduce the toothbrush. Baby teeth can fall victim to cavities just as easily as adult teeth. Your child will have their first teeth for several years so protect them from day one. Use a soft baby toothbrush to gently clean away milk residue and food. You don’t have to use toothpaste yet. A little water will do.
You can get your baby used to the toothbrush by letting them hold it and become familiar with it. When they are able, let them put the brush head in their mouth and let them watch you brush your own teeth so they learn how it’s done. Little ones love to mimic their parents so they will pick up brushing easily.
When your little one is about two years old, take them to the dentist for their first visit. Not only will it help your child get used to regular dental visits, it’s always good to flag any issues early. Your dentist can check that your child’s teeth are positioned correctly and that there are no cavities.
Teaching good dental habits for life is a great gift you can give your child and will ensure they will have a beautiful smile for years to come.
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