Teeth Care

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For a baby, care of the teeth is very important. Your baby will be just getting the first teeth in, and you want to be sure that you are taking care of both the teeth and the baby. Teething can really hurt, and this is when a lot of new parents report that their baby cries often or fusses seemingly for no reason. If your baby is teething, be sure to apply some teething cream or something that will help to get rid of the pain or at least numb it a little. You may also want to try giving the child teething rings or blankets.

As your baby’s first teeth come in, you want to be sure you are brushing them. This will be right around four months, though the exact age will vary depending on the child. A baby’s toothbrush is very different from your own. This brush will have very soft bristles and will be small enough to fit in your baby’s mouth. You don’t need to use toothpaste when you are brushing a very young baby’s teeth; however, as the child starts to get a little bigger or starts getting more teeth, you will want to use a special toothpaste that is formulated for babies.

A special baby toothpaste will be safe to swallow though you should try to get discourage the child from swallowing it. It’s important to use a toothpaste that won’t hurt your baby, however, because a baby and even slightly older children will have difficulty understanding to spit out the toothpaste and could be hurt if they swallow regular types of toothpaste.

Your baby’s teeth should brushed twice each day, just like your own. Try to get in the habit of doing this because it will help your child get into the habit later on in life. This is very important in maintaining proper oral care for your baby.