Baby teeth may be tiny, but they are vital! Without having a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. Starting the cleaning process early will help keep your baby’s teeth healthy and decay free.

Start cleaning your baby’s mouth even before their teeth arrive. After each feed, wipe the gums with a warm wet washer wrapped around your finger.

Once your baby’s teeth do start coming through, you must look after them right away.  The baby teeth are as important as the permanent adult teeth. It is important to know that these first teeth are saving the space needed for the permanent ones. They also help baby to chew and talk. If you don’t look after them properly, they can become decayed and even lead to gingivitis – a gum infection affecting the spacing of permanent teeth.

Another worry with baby’s and young children is cavities in their teeth. The first signs are discolouration and minor pitting.  Try to avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice – as this practice is notorious for causing cavities. Another thing to avoid is leaving baby with a bottle for long periods of time – especially if they are no longer drinking, and are using it for comfort.

Most baby foods will easily come off your baby’s teeth with a simple drink of water after meals – but it doesn’t hurt to introduce a toothbrush early.  Choose a very soft one, and use it often so baby can get used to having it in their mouth. Gently brushing their teeth will help to dislodge sticky sugary foods.

Once they have a significant number of teeth, and are eating food as the family does, begin brushing with toothpaste. Use a pea-size amount of non-fluoride toothpaste – as your baby won’t be old enough to not swallow the toothpaste. It’s best to wait until they are about 3 before introducing the fluoride kind.

Ensure you little one is getting enough fluoride to prevent tooth decay by having tap water. Most public water sources have fluoride added for this purpose.

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