After a period of unbearable teething pains and cries, it’s exciting to see the baby’s first tooth sprout out of their gums.
It looks so cute!!!
Got to learn how to clean baby teeth to protect those cute looking teeth from early tooth decay.
Yes, you better get worried about that!
It is important to start oral care early as they are more receptive, so it is good to start brushing their teeth once the first tooth comes out to make it a habit. If you wait till they are older, you might encounter toothbrushing resistance as kids generally dislike to brush their teeth.
How To Clean Baby Teeth
Be sure to get a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. The finger brush is made of silicone.
We can start once our infant’s first tooth is visible.
We need to brush them twice daily especially before bedtime to remove any food residue which might still be stuck behind their tooth. Remember to brush gently on both surfaces of your baby’s teeth/tooth or you might hurt the gums.
Make brushing teeth FUN so that they are more willing to open their mouth to let the toothbrush or finger brush go in.
At first, I encountered resistance trying to brush my baby’s teeth as he refuses to open his mouth, but I tried to make it fun by showing him a video of infant brushing teeth and enjoying it. Since then, he is quite willing to brush his teeth.
Clean Baby Teeth With Tooth Brush
- You can let the baby sit on the lap, on a high chair, or lie down on a sofa or bed
- Use a small baby toothbrush and put a small amount of baby toothpaste.
- Make gentle circular motion around all the tooth and areas of the gums
Clean Baby Teeth With Finger Brush
- Put the finger brush on your index finger
- Put a small amount of baby toothpaste
- Do small circular massaging motions all over the teeth and gums
- Note: Your finger might be bitten!
It is important to choose an age-appropriate baby toothpaste, there are some for 12m+, so look carefully at the labels. You can consider these popular toothpastes that are fluoride-free and are made of organic ingredients, thus no need to get worried if our babies swallowed them.
When Do Babies Teeth Start Coming
From 6 months old to 3 years old, different sets of teeth with start appearing at different stages. So we as parents will need to tolerate their teething pain cries all the way till our little ones are 3!
Be sure to ease their distress by giving them these teethers to bite on.