Baby Teeth Information: How To Brush Them

Valuable baby teeth information: good dental hygiene schedule is the key element in preventing tooth rot, and for your child's health.

Parents need to take care of the babies' teeth for them. Babies drink mostly milk, and if they take their bottle with them to bed, it can cause a condition called tooth rot. To prevent this from happening the parent needs to start and maintain a good program of dental hygiene.

To start off, let your baby observe you as you brush your teeth. You should not attempt this until your child is old enough to be able to spit out water when you give it to him, and drink it from a cup. Once he can do those things he is ready to begin the process. When you start brushing the baby's teeth, there don't necessarily have to be any teeth present, you can start early rubbing the baby's gums with the toothbrush and no toothpaste - but this is not really necessary since the child will learn later anyway.

When you choose a toothbrush for the baby make sure it is small, very soft, and has longer bristles in the front then at the back. This will ensure that even the hard to reach places will be reached in your baby's mouth. When you choose the toothpaste, choose any brand that has fluoride in it. You should use a low flouride level children's toothpaste. It isn't necessary to buy the expensive baby formulae since they contain the same things and in my experience the baby doesn't like the taste of the baby types of toothpaste.

Before you start to brush your baby's teeth, give him his toothbrush while you brush your teeth. This will get him aquatinted with the idea of brushing teeth with you. After the baby starts expecting the toothbrush when you brush he is ready to start. Put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush and gently brush the baby's teeth, letting him spit out the foam while you brush. Make sure the baby doesn't swallow the toothpaste and give him plenty of water in a cup to flush it out after the brushing. If the baby does swallow the toothpaste, let him drink some water after to dilute the toothpaste, but don't worry, toothpaste is designed to be safe for swallowing anyway.

After you started brushing your baby's teeth institute a good dental hygiene schedule, brushing the baby's teeth three times a day, especially after the last bottle at night. Don't let him take the bottle to bed with him, as that will quicken tooth decay. All in all, don't give up and maintain the schedule so that your baby can develop good dental hygiene habits.

Also ensure that the baby doesn't think of the toothbrush as a toy, since babies like to lose their toys at many times. Make sure the toilet seat is down since the baby likes to fish in the toilet bowl with their toothbrush, which is very unhygienic, especially if you don't notice him doing it. The toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, and also after your child has been sick to make sure the child doesn't get sick again because of the toothbrush. Happy brushing to you!

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