Being a first time mum is mind boggling; if only our kids come with manuals, then it will be a walk in the park.
But lo and behold, they don’t!
We are left standing alone with a pair of cute little peepers staring straight into our clueless eyes.
As a mum, we tend to be fussy about everything that involves our little ones; the food they eat, the number of nappies they use in a day, the amount of milk they drink and so many things, us mums can't stop filling our heads with. Hence, I guess it is only natural to think about our kid's teeth or oral hygiene as well.
So here is another question that requires that manual:
How do we take care of our baby's teeth?
Let me count the ways;
1. Clean their gums.
You should start the habit early. Even though your baby is yet to have his tiny chompers, it is better to clean his gums with a warm clean cloth; wrap it around your finger and gently wipe your baby's gums. It would be better if you can do this after every feed.
2.Brush twice a day
Babies are all different, some get their first tooth as early as 6 months and some later on, but as soon as those tiny teeth emerges you need to brush them twice a day.
3.Deciding on what baby toothbrush to use.
Choose a toothbrush that has a small head, soft bristles and easy to grip. It is essential to choose the right one, since our babies have sensitive gums. At this stage, he will just likely suck on the toothbrush, but don’t fret! You can show him how you brush your teeth, or perhaps take turns in brushing his teeth, in that way you can make it more enjoyable for him, and ease your mind that you are cleaning his teeth well.
5.Choosing the right baby tooth paste to use.
In this day and age, there is a wide selection of baby toothpastes that can be purchased in your local supermarket. They come in this cute little tube with your baby's favourite cartoon character, all the colours of the rainbow, the enticing fruity flavour and they also claim safe to swallow. All these things can lure you in buying them, “why not?” they said they have organic and natural banana flavour, it wouldn't hurt and your baby will enjoy it.
But that is not the point, you have to read the label; does it have artificial sweetener, flouride, saccharin?
Then throw it in the bin!
Our aim is to give our babies healthy teeth. We should opt for a toothpaste that does not have all those additives; toxins, fluoride, saccharin and artificial colour. Use a toothpaste that is gentle for your young one and safe to swallow.
Starting the habits of good oral hygiene will lead to a better end result in the future. It will teach your children how to value the importance of having their pearly whites, saying cheese in front of the camera with confidence and saving you and him the agony and pain of having their teeth pulled. Ouch! Moreover, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done, when people compliment your kids' teeth, especially one coming from your dentist.
Note: I am just a mum like you, if you have any concerns about your baby's teeth,pls consult your local dentist.