Caring for Your Baby's New Teeth
Dentists recommend using a clean washcloth to gently clean your baby's mouth, even before the first tooth arrives. Toothpaste is not as necessary in these early stages as removing bacteria. Follow these tips when taking care of your baby's teeth:
- Brush with an infant toothbrush using water.
- When your baby's teeth touch, you can start flossing.
- Around 2, gradually introduce fluoride toothpaste to your child's brushing routine. You can also start teaching your child to spit while brushing.
At your baby's first dentist appointment, your dentist will guide you through the steps in caring for your baby's teeth and gums in more detail. Also, it's always good to ask them about fluoride.
Now you know about babies teething and the crucial signs to look out for like gum rubbing, crankiness, and sleep or appetite changes. These signs may mean other things, but the combination of two or more of these symptoms more than likely indicates a tooth is erupting. Remember that fever and diarrhea are not actual symptoms related to teething. And be sure to reach out to your pediatrician if your baby is experiencing either. There are plenty of ways to soothe your baby if they're teething, like refrigerating their teething ring or over-the-counter pain-relief medicines like ibuprofen. So, if your baby is teething, you're now set and ready to make them feel most comfortable.