Brushing Baby's Teeth
Their baby teeth are a huge factor in their oral health. However, before their pearly whites erupt, their gums should also be cared for. The ADA recommends that simply wiping their gums with a wet washcloth or gauze can do a number on any plaque buildup. 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 when 2 teeth touch
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a grain of rice for children younger than 3-years-old
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a pea for children 3 to 6 years old
- Brush (back and forth and in circles) both morning and night (for 2 minutes) and try to make it as fun as possible, so your child grows up enjoying brushing
It is recommended to take your child to the dentist when they turn 1 or when their first tooth pops out. Proper brushing with fluoride, cleaning between teeth, regular dental checkups, and a healthy diet are your baby's best friends: that and a teething ring!