A baby's teeth may be small, but they're very important just as important as yours. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. That's why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is very important.
Caring for Baby's Gums
You as a mother can start caring for your baby's gums right away. But at first, the care won't involve a toothbrush and toothpaste. Instead, take these steps:
Get a soft, moistened washcloth or baby handkerchief.
Gently wipe down your baby's gums at least twice a day.
Especially wipe your baby's gums after feedings and before bedtime.
This will wash off bacteria and prevent them from clinging to gums.
Brushing Baby's Teeth
When the first baby teeth start to pop up, you can graduate to a toothbrush, for me I will recommend a tooth brush from 2 years for any child and make sure to choose one with a:
At first, before using the brush, gradually wet the toothbrush. Then as time goes on, you can apply a little amount of fluoride toothpaste to their brush and please note, the toothpaste must be for kids, don't try to use adult fluoride toothpaste on kids. You can increase the quantity or amount of fluoride toothpaste when your child is at least up to 3 years old. Brush gently all around your child's baby teeth, front and back.
You should brush your baby's teeth until he or she is old enough to hold the brush. Continuous supervision is required in this process until your child can rinse and spit without assistance. That usually happens at around the age 6.
Also as a mum always try to reduce your child's intake of sweets and chocolates, it could be harmful to them as they grow older.
Always be on the look out for tooth decays or food particles, if you have any issue at all with your baby's teeth don't forget to visit your pediatrician.