Compared with diet and growth and development, parents pay too little attention to the baby's dental health! Many babies have already had tooth decay just over one-year-old. Failure to clean their mouths is the culprit!
The decay rate of a baby's deciduous teeth is very fast. It only takes 3 months to develop from a small black spot to a big hole...
It is not aesthetically pleasing, it also has pain that goes deep into the bone marrow, and it also affects the growth of permanent teeth. Can you accept that your baby's teeth become like this?
Here are a few common questions about baby teeth cleaning that everyone cares about:
01. When to start brushing baby‘s teeth?
Whether there is a tooth or not, the baby should be given oral care at birth.
Before teething: Use a clean gauze or cotton pad dipped in warm water to wipe the baby's gums and oral mucosa.
After teething: After the first deciduous tooth grows, brush your baby's teeth with finger cots or a soft toothbrush. In addition to brushing the teeth, it is also recommended to floss the food residue between the teeth after meals.
02. When the baby can be used toothpaste to brush their teeth?
Many parents are puzzled about the use of toothpaste for their babies, "My baby can use it without gargle?" "Is it safe to swallow toothpaste in the stomach?"...
There is edible-grade swallowable toothpaste for babies on the market. This kind of toothpaste does not contain foaming agents, friction agents, preservatives, even if it is swallowed in the stomach, it does not matter. As for toothpaste with an added foaming agent and friction agent, it is recommended that children over 3 years old can use it.
03. Baby drink milk at night, even if brushing teeth is useless?
Brushing your baby's teeth before going to bed can reduce the bacteria in the mouth, and at the same time minimize the risk of tooth decay caused by drinking milk at night.
04. What should I do if my baby doesn't like brushing teeth?
In infancy, the purpose of brushing your baby's teeth is to clean your baby's mouth, and more importantly, to cultivate the habit of brushing the teeth.
So parents shouldn’t be overly anxious, don’t expect your children to adapt in a few days, try to relax, create a relaxed atmosphere for the baby, and slowly develop a good habit of brushing.
05. What should I do if the baby bites the toothbrush every time?
Basically, the baby's first toothbrush was bitten terribly, which is normal. Anyone will reflexively resist the pressure, the baby is the same, so when the toothbrush is inserted into the mouth, it will subconsciously bite.
Parents should not pull it out immediately, it will loosen when the baby gets tired. Parents can usually do more demonstrations in front of the baby to let the baby know the correct way to use the toothbrush.
06. How many times does the baby brush his teeth every day?
Just like our adults brushing their teeth, morning and evening are the most basic, especially the one before going to bed is the most important. It is important to cultivate the habit of brushing teeth during infancy. The earlier you develop it, the easier they will accept.
07. Is it better to let the dentist apply fluoride?
Applying fluoride on the surface of teeth can strengthen teeth and effectively prevent dental caries, but applying fluoride does not mean that your baby won't need to brush the teeth!
08. Can babies brush their teeth by themselves?
The teeth of children before the age of 7 should be brushed by adults, because usually, they can master the brushing skills well after the age of 7.
Of course, you can also let your baby try brushing their teeth before that. They can learn to brush their teeth at almost 3 years old, but they definitely can’t brush all parts of the mouth very clean, so in order to ensure that their teeth are brushed very cleanly, parents should help them make it up again.