How to Care for Baby Teeth

How to Care for Baby Teeth

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A baby’s first teeth may be just temporary tools for chomping that will eventually be replaced during the early childhood years by the permanent pearly whites they’ll have for the rest of their lives, however, that doesn’t mean they should be neglected from proper teeth caring, and to start establishing the habits that will guide the baby through a lifetime of proper dental hygiene.

Studies have shown that neglecting to care for them leads to tooth decay and tooth loss which in turn lead to nutrition problems, improper speech development, and can interfere with the development of the permanent teeth.

Many first time parents are riddle with sort of questions about how they should care for their baby’s baby teeth or what products to use or when to start brushing The first thing you need to realize is that your baby will benefit greatly from proper dental care and here we are going to help you answer these questions.

When is the right time to begin brushing my baby’s teeth?

The right time to start brushing your baby’s teeth it’s as soon as they begin to poke out of the gums. You can use a clean washcloth, a gauze pad or your finger to brush them very gently and wipe them clean as well as the front of the tongue after every meal, and also before bedtime. You can also use a toothbrush, however, make sure it is moistened with water and barely sprinkled it with fluoride toothpaste. The toothbrush should be very soft you should talk to your Pediatric Dentist in Chapel Hill NC and ask for advice regarding with toothbrushes are better suited.

Should I brush the Gums?

According to Pediatric Dentists, you should clean your baby’s gums after every feeding in order to fight off residual bacteria while promoting top-notch oral health that will be beneficial for the incoming permanent teeth. Do not use a toothbrush for this, instead try using a very soft, moist cloth or a soft rubber finger brush. These two options have one thing babies enjoy very much a nubby texture.

Is Fluoride toothpaste safe for the Baby?

Just make sure you barely use a rice grain size portion of toothpaste, as you baby growths you can increase the dosage. Do not fear if your baby swallows a little bit of toothpaste it won’t cause any damage, as soon as your baby is of age teach him/her how to spit after brushing.

In the event, your baby hates teeth-brushing time here a few things you may want to try:

  • Go Easy: Remember that your Baby’s gums are in a very sensitive state as they develop. If you notice some discomfort when you use the toothbrush try using a soft, damp cloth and be extremely gentle.


  • Entertain the baby: Try singing a song to your baby while brushing his/her teeth. With most babies, all it takes is a little distraction to make tooth-brushing endurable. Sing their favorite tune (Baby Shark comes to mind) they will appreciate the effort you are putting in a reward you a big-toothed laugh.


  • Show your baby how it is done: In the unlikely scenario that you are not brushing your baby’s teeth in front of the bathroom’s mirror, then you need to start doing it stat. Babies like to mimic certain behaviors, watching you brushing their teeth may smooth things over when you are teaching them to do it on their own.


  • Let your baby play: Babies are very curious and they are bound to be curious about the toothbrush or the finger brush, instead of keeping it away from them, let them play with the brush and examine it. Your baby may end up putting it in their mouth in an attempt to brush his/her own teeth.

If you have any doubts about which brands of toothpaste to buy, or which toothbrush is better, you need to contact your baby’s pediatric dentist and ask them what they recommend. Also, if you start noticing any kind of negative reactions stop the brushing and call the doctor.

Dr. Durusky of Cornerstone Dentistry offers cosmetic dental implants in Chapel Hill. For a free consultation call (919) 595-1010 to schedule an appointment.

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Mail: 401 Providence Road Suite 101 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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