How To Take Care of Your Baby’s Teeth
One of the happiest moments of one’s life is to watch your little baby growing. The developmental milestones in your baby’s life where for the first time baby learn to crawl, learn to stand, learn to walk and talk, all these are magical. Coming to teeth part, all parents are very much curious to know when their baby will cut his or her first tooth.
Most babies cut their first white caps at around six months, this time may vary anything between 3 to 10 month of age. Your baby’s first tooth will almost definitely be one of the lower front pair and last milk teeth are second molars which usually in place by around 2 to 2 and half years of age. So, in first couple of years your baby’s gummy smile will be replaced by full set of 20 tiny baby teeth.
Baby teeth may be tiny but they are very important because they act as a space maintainers for adult teeth. That’s why it is very important to care them and keeping them free from decay as well.
Caring baby’s teeth and gums :
Caring for your baby’s gums should starts right away from birth.
You should wipe down your baby’s gums at least twice a day especially after feeding and before going to bed. This should be done gently with the help of soft, moistened piece of gauze or wipe cloth. This will help to wash off bacteria clinging on gum pads which may leave sticky plaque causing damage to gums and teeth.
Teething: some babies may struggle and experience discomfort while teething. Some symptoms your baby may exhibit while teething are
- Drooling of saliva
- Gum swelling and sensitivity
- Biting behaviour
- Irritability or fussiness
- Refusing food
- Sleep problem
Teething may be accompanied by ‘slight’ fever but many times parents ignore fever assuming it is due to teething which can prove dangerous. Teething can’t cause fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, convulsion or fits at this age or later. If your baby showing these symptoms doesn’t chalk it up to teething, consult your physician immediately.
Brushing your baby’s teeth :
When the first baby teeth start to erupt, you can start using toothbrush to brush your baby’s teeth. Toothbrush should be with small head and large handle. Initially, just wet toothbrush for brushing, then at around 1 year of age you can start using a pea-sized amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste. You should wait until your child is at least 2 years of age to introduce fluoride containing paste.
You should brush your baby’s teeth until he or she is old enough to hold toothbrush. Brush gently all around your child’s teeth – front and back. Usually at around 6 years of age your child will learn to hold brush properly and also learn how to rinse and spit, so until this period supervise this process by yours off.
Lookout for any signs of tooth decay or gum problem. Even if there isn’t a problem, you should take your child to his or her first dental visit by the age of 1. Dentist will provide all necessary information of baby teeth care, teething, fluoride and thumb sucking.
Important things you should know about your baby’s teeth :-
- Babies first teeth are biting-off teeth and not chewing teeth.
- Babies start chewing with their gums long before they acquire teeth. He or she will start teaching himself to chew soon after getting their hands on toys that they hold into mouth.
- Chewing on hard food is good for baby’s developing jaw, so make sure to feed pieces of apples or scrubbed raw carrot to chew well before six months or baby may become so used to semi liquid food that when he does have chewing teeth at around a year, he or she won’t use them because of gagging due to solid food.
- Feeding themselves with their own hands helps them to feel exciting and independent about eating, just give close inspection while doing that.