How to Brush Baby’s Teeth

baby-teeth-brushTeeth cleaning and health is the starting point of a healthy digestive system, which is the beginning for a healthy body and it is very important to take care of teeth from infancy. Here is how to clean babies’ teeth. Your baby needs her milk teeth in order to learn to speak correctly and clearly.

  • The first teeth usually begin to emerge in infants 6-8 months of age. The baby through breast milk and supplementary foods can form plaque around the teeth.
  • You should start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as that first pearly white sprouts.
  • Use specially designed brushes for babies with a small head and brushes with just two or three rows of very soft bristles
  • You should replace the brush every 9-12 weeks or sooner if the filaments become splayed.
  • Use special toothpaste without fluoride, but it is best to ask your pediatrician whether to use toothpaste, and what type of toothpaste, because it is important that if your water is fluoridated or not. Keep in mind that fluoride can be toxic to children if ingested in large quantities. Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste.
  • Try to brush your baby’s teeth twice a day on the inside and outside of each of your baby’s teeth. But if it is very uncomfortable for her try to brush at least once in the evening.
  • Be gentle when brushing, it isn’t necessary to brush firmly it may just make your baby hate brushing.
  • If your baby won’t open his mouth when it’s time to brush his teeth, try brushing your teeth and let him watch, babies love to mimic whatever mom or dad is doing.
  • A 3-year-old baby should brush his or her teeth with a little help.

Here is a video from Realdadblog:

You can read more from their blog: http://realdadblog.com/2009/09/how-to-brush-baby-teeth/

Lisa

Mom of three. Reviewing baby gear for 3 years.

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