Caring for Baby Teeth
Ideally, the oral care habits you instill in your children will last into adulthood. And the cool part is that you can start taking care of your baby's teeth before they even come in. Here's how:
- Using a clean washcloth, gently clean your baby's gums.
- Once the teeth come in, brush with an infant toothbrush using a tiny bit of toothpaste and water.
- When your baby's teeth start to touch, it's time to start flossing their teeth.
It's also essential that your baby sees a dentist. At about the age of one, take your baby to a pediatric dentist or family dentist. Ask your friends who they see, or you can use the ADA site to locate the right pediatric dentist near you.
Now you know all about teething and sleeping and what to do if your baby's teething affects their sleep. It's important and helpful to know that teething can cause sleepiness in your baby. The first thing to do is to make sure that their sleeplessness is teething and not something else. So check on the other symptoms of teething. If they are dealing with teething, there are plenty of ways to support your baby, including teether devices, medicine, and other relaxation techniques. The good thing is that you're now in the know about teething and sleep so that you can get yourself and your baby some much needed rest.