Nothing lights up your life like the wide toothless grin of your little baby. Read on to find some oral hygiene tips for infants, for maintaining that perfect smile.
Baby Oral Hygiene
A baby’s oral hygiene is a very important part of his/her overall hygiene. As parents, your apprehension over your baby’s oral health is likely. Ensuring healthy oral habits in babies should be done at the stage of infancy to help teeth grow faster with healthy gums. Concerns about oral health care pop up, for the most parents, when the first tooth erupts. With the occurrence of the first teeth, you should become very careful about maintaining your baby’s oral hygiene. Oral health complications in your baby may be due to a host of common problems like tooth decay, thumb sucking, lip sucking tongue thrusting, and early tooth loss. Although a baby’s teeth are sooner or later replaced with permanent teeth, you must observe the necessary oral hygiene so that oral problems are kept at an arm’s distance of your baby. Read on to know some more simple tips that can help you in maintaining oral hygiene in infants.
Baby Oral Hygiene Tips
- When you feed your infants, do not forget to wipe his/her mouth and gums with a wet cotton cloth. If your baby has already begun teething, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean his teeth. This will help eliminate any bacteria-forming plaque and excess sugar that have built up on the teeth and gums.
- There are times when brown or white spots may appear on your baby’s gums. Make a habit to check your child’s mouth regularly. Also, keep a tab on the formation of any smelly tartar collection in their mouth.
- See a dentist if your baby suffers from persistent bad teeth odor. Timely medical advice will help and reduce any further chances of tooth decay.
- If your baby is extremely fond of sweetened milk or cerelac, try cutting down on sugar content and avoid creating sweet pools in the mouth of your tiny tots.
- Make sure you thoroughly clean your baby’s milk bottles and the pacifier with hot water and sterilize it with water for some time to remove germs from entering the mouth.
- If your little ones are teething, they would want to chew something to relieve the pressure. In order to maintain good oral health, give them teethers and toys made of nontoxic materials and specially designed for teething babies. Some are made of firm rubber; others are filled with water and chilled in the refrigerator. Don't freeze these types of rings or teethers, because they become too hard and may harm your baby's gums.