It is in the mother’s womb that the need for dental hygiene for the baby actually begins. The teeth of your baby start to form during your pregnancy. So, ensure that you consume a balanced diet with adequate minerals and vitamins. Your infant’s earliest tooth starts coming out through the gum when he or she is around six months old. This of course varies from child to child. All the primary set of teeth appears before three years. The primary teeth fall off before the child is eleven and permanent teeth start to appear.
Even before the earliest tooth comes out, you should ensure you get some sort of dental hygiene going. Wipe the gums with a wet cloth wrapped around your finger. Once the first set of primary teeth start to make their appearance, get a soft toothbrush meant for babies and use a small amount of toothpaste. Ensure that the fluoride content is not too high. Brush gently to make sure there are no bacteria or bad breath. You would need to brush twice everyday; replace the brush once bristles start to appear. Make sure your child doesn’t swallow toothpaste because the fluoride could leave stains on the teeth at a later stage.
Flossing your little one’s teeth should begin once two teeth come in contact with each other. The need for flossing varies from child to child, so get in touch with your dentist before flossing.
General tips to follow to maintain oral hygiene
• Don’t put your baby to sleep with milk, juice or other food which is rich in sugar because it can cause decaying of teeth.
• For healthy gums, your infant should be given nutritious food.
• Get your kids’ dentist in New Mexico to prescribe a safe mouthwash or oral rinse.
• If your child has the habit of sucking her thumb, get the help of your dentist to stop doing so.
• If water supplied to your home does not have fluoride, you may have to supplement it with fluoride. However, too much fluoride is also not good for dental health. Your kids’ dentist in New Mexico may not recommend fluoride supplements if your infant is below six months of age.
• Cavities occur when the enamel or protective layer over teeth is broken down owing to sugary substances in drinks and foods. Cavities can be avoided with good oral hygiene. Always make sure your child rinses her mouth after drinking anything sugary. If your child has the habit of drinking milk before going to bed, teach her to clean her teeth after drinking.
• Make sure you don’t share spoons or cups with your child; saliva has bacteria which cause decay of teeth.
About the author
Grace is a dental expert associated with Kid’s choice dental. She writes extensively on dental health issues in kids and has a lot of experience working closely with several experienced dentists.