Watching your baby get irritable and fussy weeks prior to getting her first tooth is a taxing experience both for you and your baby. Until one day you notice a tiny tooth bud emerging through the gums. Your child is soon going to get her full set of teeth and be able to use them for eating and chewing all by herself.
So what are the next steps in taking care of new baby teeth? And what are the advantages of doing so?
Here are some of the dos and don’ts of taking care of your child’s first teeth.
- Gently wipe down your baby’s gums with a moist cloth.
- Wipe down your baby’s gums after every feeding and before bedtime.
- Brush your baby’s teeth with a soft brush with a small head.
- Brush gently all around your baby’s teeth.
- Keep a look out for any tooth decay- brown or white spots on the teeth.
- Take your child to the pediatric dentist for her first exam by age 1.
- Avoid offering your child sugary drinks, sodas and fruit juices. Sweet drinks can lead to tooth decay.
- If your baby takes a sippy cup or bottle, apart from giving him formula or breast milk, avoid giving him anything other than water, to prevent tooth decay.
- Using teething rings or necklaces is not as necessary as most people presume. Simply wiping your baby’s gums and teeth with a moist cloth or gauze is ok.
It is important to remain patient and do as much as you can to make your baby comfortable at this time.
The advantages of taking care of baby’s first teeth are many but the most vital reason is that healthy baby teeth are an important factor to her developing clearer speech. Baby’s first teeth also act as placeholders for adult teeth which emerge much later on in a child’s life.
If you are ever unsure or have any concerns about the health of your baby’s teeth, it is advisable to consult a recommended pediatric dentist in your local area. Early intervention builds a child’s oral health for the future also.