How to Clean Baby’s Teeth
Cleaning a baby's teeth is an important part of their overall oral hygiene routine. Here are some steps to follow:
- Start cleaning your baby's teeth as soon as they appear. You can use a soft, damp cloth or a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for babies.
- Use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) on the toothbrush. Fluoride helps protect teeth from decay.
- Hold your baby securely in your lap or lay them down on a changing table. Gently brush their teeth using small circular motions, paying special attention to the gum line.
- Don't forget to brush the back teeth, which are more prone to decay.
- Rinse the toothbrush and store it in a clean, dry place.
- Once your baby has two teeth that touch, you can start flossing between them to remove any food particles that may be stuck.
- Be sure to clean your baby's teeth twice a day, ideally after breakfast and before bedtime.
Remember to schedule regular dental checkups for your baby, starting at around six months of age or when the first tooth appears. Your dentist can give you additional tips on how to care for your baby's teeth and gums.