It’s vital to start practicing oral hygiene at early stages. Parents are responsible for protecting their children’s teeth as soon as teething begins. Washing an infant’s gums is important even before the first tooth erupts. If you instil healthy oral hygiene habits early, your child will continue to care for their smile into their adolescence and adulthood.
Use a soft, moist washcloth to clean your baby’s gums and mouth. Applying toothpaste isn’t necessary before your baby’s first tooth erupts. A piece of sterile gauze that has been soaked in a saline solution can also be used to be applied on the baby’s gums.
If only one tooth has grown in, you can start brushing using a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste, such as a smear on the toothbrush, preferably at 1000 parts per million (ppm). The first tooth appears at about 6 months and it is the lower central incisor, which has plenty of protection from the continuous flow of saliva. Gently brush the tooth or teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.
Children typically master spitting between ages 2 and 3, but begin teaching them to spit when they begin to respond to vocal instruction. A tiny smear or dot of toothpaste will leave a small amount of residue that you can simply wipe away with the cloth. There’s no need to rinse with water since this will just wash protective fluoride away. Begin flossing as soon as two teeth erupt close enough to risk trapping food particles. Be very gentle, and try to avoid irritating your baby’s sensitive gums as you remove any build-up between the two teeth.
Don’t give your baby juice before they are 6 months old, and limit juice to mealtimes rather than before they sleep. Steer clear from giving your baby sticky or sugary snacks like candy or soda, especially before naps or bedtime.
Your baby is due for their first check-up when their first tooth grows in, or before their first birthday at the latest. Children are not simply small versions of adults, so don’t assume you can take your baby to your own dentist. Make an appointment with a paediatric dentist.
• Brush for 2 minute
• Brush twice a day
• Use soft Bristle Brush
• Circular motions while brushing
• Floss once a day