How Do You Brush a Baby’s First Teeth?
As any parent knows, teething can be a battle for every party involved. But once you see that cute little tooth pop through, you may be wondering how to care for it. Although these teeth are small, and babies don’t eat much solid food, their oral care is still important. If you’re wondering how to brush your baby’s first teeth, Dr. Sinchai will walk you through the steps as well as answer some questions you may have.
When should you start brushing your baby’s teeth?
It’s hard to believe those cute little teeth need cleaning, but just like any teeth, they require proper dental care. So, you can start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as they have teeth to clean! If they’re just starting to poke through, the easiest way to do this is with a soft, damp cloth. You can also start doing this on their gums after feedings! Just wipe off the gums or teeth with the cloth.
Once your little one is 18 months old, you can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride free toothpaste.
When should you take your child to see the dentist for the first time?
It’s around this same 6 months to 1-year mark that you should start taking your child to see a family dentist, according to the ADA. Once their primary teeth start coming in, it’s important for the dentist to monitor how everything is moving along. This can help prevent any decay or oral issues in the future and it helps to instill good dental habits from a young age.
How do I care for my baby’s first teeth?
As mentioned, the best way to care for your baby’s first teeth is to gently brush them off using warm water. You can do this with either a soft toothbrush or a soft cloth. Be gentle, as your little one’s gums and new teeth are sensitive! Here are some of our favorite children’s toothbrushes:
- The Brushies Baby and Toddler Toothbrush – $9.95 on Amazon
- NUK Grins and Giggles Training Toothbrush – $7.99 on Amazon
- Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether – $7.61 on Amazon
- Jordan Baby Toothbrush – $11.98 on Amazon
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If there are teeth, there is a risk for tooth decay. This is why it is so important for you to start brushing your baby’s teeth, or gums before they even start teething. To do this, just take a soft bristled brush or a rag and gently massage the tooth or gums in a circular motion! If your child isn’t taking well to it, let them play around with the toothbrush or try singing a song to crack a smile!
If your little one is ready to see a family dentist, head on into Sinchai Family Dental! To schedule your appointment, give us a call at (317) 849-3512 or head into our office located at 9860 Westpoint Dr. Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46256. We can’t wait to welcome you to our family!