Remember when you were young and your parents would ask if you brushed your teeth before you went to bed? This was to make sure you’re gums and teeth stay healthy during your oral health development. But, when do you start using toothpaste? What about mouthwash? It might be hard to determine the best age to start caring for your child’s oral health, so we thought we’d help you out with a Q and A on oral care for babies.
When should you start brushing your child’s teeth?
Once you start to notice your baby starting to fuss and the peaking of their first tooth, it’s important to start your oral care regimen. As your child develops their first set of pearly whites, you will need to make sure these teeth stay in good shape as they act as placeholders for their adult teeth.
Do I need to clean my baby’s gums?
It is recommended that you clean your baby’s gums after each feeding to ensure you are keeping them from any bacterial growth and to keep their gums healthy while their teeth grow in.
What kind of brush should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?
Since their gums will be sensitive due to the emerging of their first set of teeth, it is recommended that you use a soft, damp cloth, a silicon finger brush, or an ultra-soft brush.
How often do I need to replace my child’s toothbrush?
If a toothbrush is not properly stored, it can be a breeding ground for bacterial growth and cause potential oral health issues. Make sure you dry and store your baby’s toothbrush in a medicine cabinet and replace it every two-to-three months. If you notice any loose bristles or sharp corners, replace the toothbrush immediately.
Is fluoride toothpaste safe for my baby
There has been a lot of debate of using the of fluoride, but this ingredient is important to preventing cavities on your baby’s developing oral health. However, only use a small rice-grain sized dab on the brush or cloth and spread evenly across the area of growth where teeth are appearing.
Should I worry if my child swallows fluoride toothpaste?
If your child swallows a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, which they likely will, there is no cause for alarm. In such small quantities, this is unlikely to cause an issue. However, store your toothpaste in a safe place so your child does not get access to it.
When do I need to take my baby to the dentist?
It’s never too early to start, but you will want to visit your local dentist by your baby’s first birthday. Getting a jump start your child’s overall oral health will help you prevent and navigate your the exciting times of tooth development.
If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.