When is a good time to start brushing your baby’s teeth
Mum says that I should brush my teeth everyday from the age of 6 month. But I never had a tooth at that age 🙂
She says this because most babies fed on formula milks normally contain elements that are not very healthy for the baby’s teeth.
Normally doctors recommend that you can start cleaning your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as you see a tooth emerging. The sooner you start brushing your babies’ teeth the better and more comfortable your baby will feel towards brushing.
Some babies are born with their teeth, some grow a tooth as early as 6 months, while some don’t get it even until a year.
Babies generally have 20 milk teeth, at age of two and a half years old.
Which toothbrush should I buy?
For the first time my dad did it with a piece of clean gauze or muslin. He Wrapped it around his finger, put a tiny smear of toothpaste on it, and rub around my teeth.
You can rather use a brush, pick one with soft, round-ended bristles of differing lengths, and a small, angled head for easily and comfortably bruishing.
He used to replace my toothbrush after three months, or sooner if the bristles have started to spread out.
What kind of toothpaste is best for my baby?
Mom Says that fluroride, the active ingredient in toothpaste, helps prevent tooth decay. But when used too much can be harmful.So we must check the packaging for fluoride levels:
Babies under-threes should use a lower-fluoride toothpaste containing about 1000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride.
And over-threes can use an ordinary toothpaste, because it contains no more than between 1350ppm and 1500ppm of fluoride.
Babies should be given recommended small amounts and encouraged spitting out as your baby grows. So that lower fluoride and ordinary toothpastes are safe to use even in areas where fluoride has been added to the water.
Intake of large amounts of fluoride can damage teeth, may even cause harm to me like vomiting and diarrhoea. This is the reason to choose a toothpaste that doesn’t have a tasty, fruity flavour , and than i came to know that toothpastes aren’t food.
I used to swallow toothpaste, then my parents switch to a brand that contains 550ppm of fluoride or less.
How should I clean my baby’s teeth?
They used to give priority to bruish my teeth twice a day once in the morning, at a time they did it and then again before bed
My mom used to apply a thin film of toothpaste to my brush less than three-quarters of the bristles.
Mom used to brush with small, gentle circular movements, concentrating on the area where my teeth and gums meet. Make sure she don’t brush too vigorously.
After completing she used to make sure that I spits out the toothpaste, but she did’t rinse my mouth with lots of water.
She used to place me on her lap( when I was a toddler too) facing away from her so that I can be more comfortable. This position will also work very well .
When I become more responsive to hold my toothbrush mom used to give it to me sometimes.
When She started seeing me brushing then she taught me something about brushing. So that I can get idea how to hold it.
She also consulted dentist or dental hygienist for more more guidance.
When should I start taking my baby to the dentist?
She used to take me to dentist as it will help me to become more familiar to the doctor, sights and the routine.
My parents registered me to NHS dental treatment as it is free to under-18s, soon after I was born.My Dentists start my dental checks from six months or when my teeth start to come through.
Should I give my baby fluoride supplements?
Some of my friends did need to take extra fluoride in the form of supplements, but only on advice of a dentist. Dentist can prescribe the correct dose for my age, taking account of whether the local water is fluoridated.
As too much of fluoride can actually damage my teeth, giving the enamel a mottled look.
I lived in an area where fluoride has been added to the water supply so I wass less likely to need supplements.
As my parents were unsure whether our daily water was fluoridated and to what level,they ask our dentist or phone our local water company.
How else can I protect my baby’s teeth?
The main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar in my diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk throughout the day.
My parents make sure to keep sugary foods to mealtimes only and limit sugary foods to no more than four times per day. This includes dried fruits, which are high in sugar and stick to teeth.
They used to provide me snack between meals and they choosed savoury options such as cheese or vegetables.
To really give me the best chance of healthy teeth, they also did the following:
Only offer either breastmilk or formula milk, or cooled, boiled water as drinks for me.
Avoid squashes, fruit juices, flavoured milk and fizzy drinks as they usually contain lots of sugar and cause tooth decay.
They give me drinks from a beaker from around six months, and discourage me from drinking from a bottle after a year old. When I was more than a year old only they give me water to drink at night,provide me with a healthy, balanced diet. Encouraged me to enjoy savoury foods, such as vegetables and pasta, and don’t add sugar to my food.
Sometimes they used to prepare baby foods,after checking that they are sugar-free or have no added sugars or sweeteners. They were aware about other sugars, such as lactose, fructose and glucose, are just as harmful to my teeth as sucrose.
My medicines were also sugar-free versions.
Where can I find out more?
British Dental Health Foundation. Its helpline offers free dental advice. Call 0845 063 1188 (local rate).
NHS. For the name and address of NHS dentists near you, visit NHS Choices.