It's one of the first milestones your baby will reach: sometime between 4 and 8 months of age, it is likely that your little one will get some baby teeth. Taking care of your baby's brand new teeth is an important part of baby and child care. Here is everything you need to know about your child's dental care.
Don't Wait For Teeth
As soon as baby is born, you can start taking care of the mouth and gums. Once or twice a day, wiping the gums with a soft cloth or brushing with a soft toothbrush and water will get baby used to having his mouth cleaned and will keep gums clean and healthy. The action of brushing or wiping may also help relieve teething pressure as teeth begin to erupt.
Once teeth do break through the gums, toothpaste and a soft, infant-sized toothbrush should be used twice a day to clean teeth. Only a small amount of toothpaste, just a smear on the toothbrush, should be used at first. At about age 3, increase the amount to pea-sized.
Part of Biconi's baby line of products is Tooth Fairy Natural Toothpaste, a natural toothpaste formulated especially for babies and very young children. This product contains Xylitol, a plant-based sweetener that helps protect and remineralize teeth to prevent decay.
Tooth Fairy Natural Toothpaste also contains noni, a plant extract that has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that fight cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis.
Early Dental Visits
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the best time for your baby's first dental visit is after the first teeth erupt or by the first birthday. Sometimes, bad habits like letting baby nurse or drink to sleep can be stopped before they cause damage to the teeth with the information received at that first, very early dental visit.
Your little one should see the dentist, preferably a pediatric dentist, every six months after the first visit. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to take care of little teeth and can watch for pitfalls like decay and advise parents about how to treat and prevent these problems.
Best Practices for Healthy Teeth
Besides regular brushing and dental visits, there are some other things parents can do to protect their child's baby teeth. Even though they will fall out and be replaced with permanent adult teeth, baby teeth are important for children's healthy development for several reasons.
Baby teeth are used to safely chew healthy foods. As baby teeth fall out naturally, they create a path for the adult teeth to follow. Some parents are reluctant to treat baby teeth that show decay or other problems, but failure to do so can create problems well into adulthood if teeth move and shift the wrong way. The best course of action is to eat a healthy diet of vegetables and whole foods, limiting sugar and juices, which can be acidic, and brushing regularly. That way, baby can grow up with a healthy mouth and teeth. Maybe he will even enjoy visiting the dentist.