As your baby grows older, they will start to develop their own set of teeth. This will be the time where you slowly transition to solid foods as opposed to feeding them through a baby milk bottle.
By the 8 or 9th month, they will start growing some teeth. But, caring for them actually starts way before that period and in today’s article, I will go over some tips that will help you care for your baby’s teeth.
1. Commence Cleaning Even Before the Teeth Come Out
Even though your baby’s teeth will not come out until the 8th or 9th month, it is best that you start cleaning them as soon as possible. What I mean is that you clean their gums once you start feeding them with foods other than formula milk or breastmilk.
How exactly do you clean their teeth? Well, you can wipe their gums off with a warm and wet washcloth- making sure that the leftover foods are scraped off and cleaned.
You can also purchase those soft and rubbery things that can act like a baby gum cleaner as well.
2. Start Taking Care of Them When They Spring Up
Once you see that the first set of teeth comes up, you have to start taking care of them immediately. A lot of parents believed that the first set of teeth aren’t that important since they will just be replaced by more permanent ones, but that isn’t the case.
Caring for baby teeth can actually lead to much better teeth in the future since it will be free of gingivitis and tooth decay.
So, whenever the first set of teeth comes out, you can buy a baby toothbrush and an approved toothpaste to start caring for it immediately.
3. Prevent Cavities
Babies can develop cavities if they have poor dental hygiene. Their teeth can be susceptible to having cavities if they are left with a feeding bottle for prolonged periods of time. Furthermore, this can also be caused if the teeth are not cleaned after eating.
The signs of cavities that you should look at are pitting and discoloration. Again, do not leave them with a feeding bottle for long periods of time. If they are finished, remove it from their mouths immediately.
4. Get Some Fluoride
Even though young babies are not allowed to have too much fluoride, their teeth would still require it to help prevent tooth decay.
So, if you are not allowed to use toothpaste, how can you give some fluoride to them? Well, allow them to drink tap water. Tap water contains fluoride and other essential minerals that are healthy for your child’s teeth.
If you are wary of giving your child some tap water, you can ask their doctors for special fluoride supplements.
5. Schedule a Dental Exam
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association encourages parents to schedule a dental exam for their babies once they reach age 1.