It is essential to start caring for your baby’s mouth in preparation for their dental growth. A healthy mouth for your baby is as important as changing diapers to avoid rashes. As early as they were born, their primary 20 teeth are present below the gum line. Without proper care, coming out of their first tooth during their 5th to 9th month will develop a chronic disease such as cavities or tooth decay.
We at Kidsmile, your baby’s health is our priority. Here are some helpful tips for a healthy mouth for your baby.
1. Feed healthy foods
Feeding our babies with a healthy diet affects the growth of the teeth and their well-being. Avoid giving them sugary food or drinks such as candies, artificial fruit juices, and cookies to prevent them from having bad breath, tooth decay, destruction of enamel and cavities. Feed them with fruits and vegetables that are high in calcium with a good source of vitamins and minerals will help their dental growth healthy.
Make sure not to put your baby asleep drinking bottle with milk in it. Keep in mind that drinking milk also has sugar content. Make sure to give water to your baby in between milk feeding or pour plain water in the bottle when your baby is about to sleep. If using a pacifier, make sure that it is clean and has no sugar on it not to progress to decay.
2. Clean the mouth
After feedings, you may use a soft damp cloth, a moist gauze pad, or even a silicone finger brush in cleaning the baby’s gums and tongue in a circular motion. It helps prevent or fight bacterial growth. Cleaning nurtures the mouth even before the appearance of the baby’s teeth and starts cleaning it regularly as soon as they come out.
Make sure to prevent plaque from forming that causes tooth decay. If using a brush, rinse it after using it and let it dry. Change brush every 3-4 months of usage to prevent bacteria from building up in the bristles that may affect a baby’s oral health and welfare.
3. Apply toothpaste
Studies show that fluoride is a mineral that protects teeth from tooth decay and cavities. However, applying toothpaste with fluoride can be hazardous to babies who are two years old, and below for there are proofs that fluoride is toxic for babies when swallowed, it can upset their stomach. It may affect the development of their brain. You may ask your Pediatric Dentist for the best fluoride-free toothpaste that is safe for babies and available in the market.
4. Visit the Dentist
Bring your child after the first tooth appears around six months to 1 year old. Having professional advice from a pediatric dentist is a must to help prevent tooth decay or cavities that can sometimes lead to terrible pain and other medical issues. Having a healthy mouth promotes good dental growth. Good dental growth helps the child chew food well and helps them learn to speak clearly with a beautiful smile as they grow.
We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health as they grow.
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