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Proper Tooth Care for Your Baby


Whether your baby is teething already or you haven't come to this stage of development of a baby, there are a few things you can do to ensure proper teeth care.

Cleaning Those First Teeth

When your baby is teething, you need to take care of those tiny teeth. As soon as they appear, start cleaning them with a damp, soft cloth or a special baby toothbrush. Your baby might not like this part of teeth care, but you can make it fun by turning it into a game. As your baby gets more active, you might need two people to brush his teeth, but making it fun can make the entire process easier.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Babies need a special toothpaste, however when they get older they can use a formula that's designed for older children.

To help your baby get used to the taste, use a very small amount. Children should always be supervised when they're brushing their teeth so that they don't swallow large amounts of toothpaste. Children's toothpaste should contain fluoride, but baby toothpaste shouldn't. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel of the teeth and resist acid erosion that occurs from foods.

Visiting the Dentist

Most parents take their children to the dentist between two and three years old. Some children are nervous about the dentist, but there are some things you can do to help alleviate any stress. Visit a pediatric dentist or one that specializes in children. They'll understand that your child might be nervous and will be able to play fun games or explain what's going on in easy to understand language.

Before your visit, try to explain what will happen at the dentist to your child. If your child is too stressed about the dental visit, focus on proper dental care at home, follow a healthy diet, and try again in a few months.

Ensuring That Children Have a Healthy Diet

Sodas and other carbonated beverages and foods with high sugar content can wreak havoc on teeth. However, this doesn't mean that treats have to be permanently off limits. Instead, just ensure that kids brush their teeth after sugary treats.

Also try to introduce your children to a number of different types of foods. Both savory and sweet flavors should be a part of their regular diets. This will help them expand their tastes as they grow.

Proper baby care includes eventually having them take care of their teeth. Start with proper care when your baby is teething and you'll set your baby up for a lifetime of good oral health.

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