Brushing Baby's Teeth:
Their baby teeth are a huge factor in their oral health. But before they cut their first tooth, parents should also be getting their baby used to their gums being cleaned, as suggested by this The Straits Times article, by cleaning their gums with a clean gauze pad or moist and soft cloth. Concerning how you should brush their teeth once their teeth erupt, you should:
- Use a soft-bristled baby toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste after eating and before bed, and remember to clean between their teeth where two teeth touch
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than the size of a grain of rice for children younger than three years old
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than the size of a pea for children three to six years old
- Brush (back and forth and in circles) both morning and night (for two minutes) and try to make it as fun as possible so your child grows up enjoying brushing
It's time to take them on their first trip to the dentist when they turn one or when their first tooth pops out. There, the dentist will let you know that good oral care will keep your baby happy and your baby's baby teeth healthy. That means proper brushing with fluoride, cleaning between teeth, regular dental check-ups and a healthy diet are your baby's best friend - that and a teething ring. You'll see.