Despite the fact that children’s teeth are not permanent – they’re going to fall off eventually, it is very important to take care of them since they first appear. Your baby’s teeth will form his mouth, help him chew well, and speak clearly.
Teeth normally appear starting with the first two lower ones. The first tooth may come out between your baby’s 6 and 10 months, and as soon it appears, it requires special attention and care. You may be wondering if you need to take your baby to the dentist since the appearance of his first tooth. Experts have many different opinions about this; however, they agree that before he’s one year old, your baby must have his first visit. With this in mind, you can decide to take precautions at home before taking your baby to the dentist.
How do I care for my baby’s teeth at home?
• When the first tooth appears, buy a toothbrush for babies, making sure the bristles are extra soft.
• To wash his teeth, use a pinch of fluoride toothpaste, no bigger than a grain of rice.
• Gently pass the toothbrush through your child’s mouth, cleaning his small teeth very well.
• Don’t worry about rinsing his mouth, just make sure that you use very little toothpaste and it won’t be a problem.
• Wash his teeth twice a day, once in the morning after breakfast and once in the evening after dinner or his night feeding.
• Finally, don’t let your baby sleep with a bottle of milk or juice in his crib; this can lead to many cavities.
Why should I clean my baby’s teeth?
It is very important to clean your baby’s teeth, as traces of milk or pieces of food can remain in the mouth, cause a growth of bacteria and the release of acid that can lead to cavities. Also, beginning to clean his teeth from this early age will encourage healthy habits. This helps make an easy transition when your child is old enough to brush his teeth alone.
If your little one doesn’t have his teeth yet, don’t worry about it – it’s just a matter of waiting, they will soon make their appearance!