Dental care is extremely important for everyone, no matter what your age may be. You heard us, your little ones dental care is important! Even before your baby gets their first tooth, you can prepare them for a healthy smile and prevent from long term dental problems. Keep reading to learn more.
Before your little one starts getting teeth, you can run a damp washcloth or an infant toothbrush over their gums to ensure you’ve removed any harmful bacteria.
When your baby starts getting teeth, you can brush their teeth using a soft, bristled toothbrush with a little bit of water, and infant toothpaste. Using a grain of rice-sized amount of toothpaste, you can start brushing. Remember to be gentle – your little one’s gums are going to be sensitive.
Worried about your little one swallowing some of the toothpaste? It’s okay! They certainly will swallow some, and with the small amount that you will be using, it will not cause any harm to your little one. Around the age of two, you should be teaching your baby to spit after brushing, as they will have graduated from infant toothpaste. Try starting with an organic toothpaste for baby.
Not every baby loves teeth brushing time. Their gums are most likely sore and tender due to teething, so to make things a little easier for you, try distractions. Sing a song to them, show them how to brush their own teeth, let them play (as they will be so curious), and most importantly, go easy. Engaging with your baby and letting them know that brushing their teeth is VERY important from an early age will ensure that they will keep brushing their teeth, and maybe even learn to enjoy it as they grow.