We celebrate their coming in and we celebrate their falling out. Your child’s baby teeth are cute and precious. While they are temporary, it is still important to take good care of them. Actually, it is important to start caring for their pearly whites before they even come in.
Brushing and Flossing: When your baby is small, it is important to wipe their gums with a soft clean washcloth or an infant gum massager (a little tool you pop onto your finger to rub your baby’s gums). Once your little one’s first tooth emerges, use an infant toothbrush with soft bristles to brush their teeth. You can begin flossing their teeth once they have at least two teeth that touch. Beginning at age 3, put a pea sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on your child’s tooth brush and make sure they practice good spitting habits.
Prevention: While it seems like an easy thing to do, never put your child to bed with a bottle. The milk sits on the teeth and causes them to decay quickly because of their very thin enamel. Doing this causes a condition called bottle mouth, which is a severe rotting of the teeth. Additionally, your child should see the dentist at least once per year for a cleaning beginning when they are one year old. Limiting sugary and sticky foods also helps to lay the groundwork for maintaining healthy teeth. Drinking fluoridated water is also important, as fluoride helps to keep the enamel strong and to prevent cavities.
Establishing these good habits daily will help set the tone from the beginning. A bright smile, along with the prevention of painful and expensive dental work are great motivations for practicing these important techniques.
Meet The Bella Behind the Blog: Kristen Farley is a mother of three and a domestic goddess. She is a former teacher who enjoys spending lots of time with her kids, healthy eating, volunteering at school, and mommy blogging for the masses.