As a new parent, having your baby at home and taking care of them can be one of the most rewarding and heartfelt experiences in the world. You and your partner helped to create this little bundle of joy, and it’s now up to you two to ensure that your baby stays as healthy and happy as possible.
Doing this requires a great deal of work on your part, and as tiresome and stressful as it can sometimes be, the end result is absolutely more than worth it every single time. Between changing stinky diapers, feeding your baby when its hungry, helping it burp, and providing comfort at night, you’re tasked with a great deal of responsibilities with your child.
Among all of these things, one of the most important things you’ll be tasked with during the development of your child is taking care of it during the teething process. The teething process is when your baby starts to grow its first pair of baby teeth, and although these won’t be the final teeth that you baby gets, it’s still critically important to ensure that you help your baby maintain proper care of them. However, figuring out how to go about this can sometimes prove to be a bit of a challenge. Caring for your baby’s teeth is much different than brushing your own, so you can’t go into cleaning your baby’s teeth with the mindset that you use when brushing your own.
Here are some tips to help you ensure that you’re taking care of your baby’s teeth as best as you possibly can.
Proper hygiene takes place before the teeth come in
Unknown to some parents out there, you should actually be taking care of your baby’s dental hygiene even before their actual teeth are in. This takes place by caring for their gums, but you won’t be using a toothbrush or toothpaste like you will when their teeth finally start to develop a bit.
When caring for and cleaning your baby’s gums, you’ll first want to find either a moist washcloth or a piece of gauze. Once you’ve acquired one of these, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using it to softly wipe your baby’s gums at least two separate times throughout the day – similar to how you brush your own teeth twice a day. As for the best time to clean your baby’s gums, you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing this before bedtime and after each feeding. This will more than likely result in you cleaning your baby’s gums more than twice a day, but as long as you’re doing it in a gentle and proper manner, this won’t harm your child at all.
Taking care of your baby’s very first teeth
Once your baby finally does start to develop their teeth, you’ll be able to move away from the washcloth or gauze and move up to using a real toothbrush. When you initially start doing this, you can simply brush their teeth by just wetting the brush without putting any toothpaste on it. However, once teeth start erupting from the gums, that’s when you’ll want to start using toothpaste. Just how much should you use though?
At first, you don’t want to use any more than a rice-sized amount. As your baby grows older though and their teeth start to develop more and more, you can increase this amount next to the size of a pea once your baby is around 3-years old. In regards to how you should be brushing your baby’s teeth, you’ll want to make sure that you do so in a gentle manner all around – that means front and back.
You can keep brushing your baby’s teeth for as long as necessary before they can start doing this on their own. However, even if they’re capable of brushing on their own, you should still keep an eye on them to make sure that they don’t have any problems with rinse and spitting. Once your child reaches the age of around 6, they should be good to go with their brushing without any assistance from you at all.
The best kind of toothpaste
When you do start using toothpaste when brushing your baby’s teeth, you’ll want to make sure that you get a one that’s fluoride-based. This is the safest type of toothpaste you can get for your baby, as it won’t have any harmful effects on them if they happen to swallow any during the teeth brushing process.