Good oral habits start in infancy and aside from keeping your baby's body healthy with regular doctor visits to get all their shots, taking care of their gums and teeth is critical for their future well-being.
It's never too early to start brushing your baby's first tooth, and in this way, you can introduce them to their first toothbrush.
When to Start Brushing Your Baby's Teeth?
As soon as you see a first tooth coming out, you can start taking care of it by cleaning it with a gentle toothbrush. At first, you can use a wet toothbrush as soon as the tooth erupts to keep the area clean and free of bacteria.
Should You Use Toothpaste for Baby?
Remember that the role of toothpaste is to freshen your mouth and the more important thing is to brush the teeth. In the case of infants, toothpaste with fluoride should not be used because the baby can ingest it. Fluoride can reduce the levels of calcium and magnesium in the body.
What About the Gums?
Even before you notice any tooth erupting in your baby's mouth, you can start taking care of their gums by gently massaging them with a very soft wet washcloth or gauze. It's important to wipe the baby's gums after each feeding to reduce the bacteria levels in their mouth and prevent plaque buildup. You can continue this practice once the teeth start coming in, but make sure to train the baby not to bite you!
With the increased awareness of how important oral health is, people are paying more attention to when they star brushing their baby's first tooth. This can not only keep their mouth healthy, but they can get used to having good habits as they grow up.