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How should an infant’s oral hygiene look like?

25 October 2017

The first teeth appear in baby’s mouth usually around the age of 6 – 7 months. Does it mean that, until then, we don’t have to take care of its oral hygiene? Definitely not! It’s worth introducing some healthy habits since the first months of our child’s life, which will pay off big time in the future. How should we begin taking care of the infant’s oral hygiene?

Finger overlay

A silicone finger overlay can be effectively used as the first toothbrush for baby’s teeth. While using it, the parent has a full control over removing bacteria from the child’s mouth. Moreover, it can also be used to massage the aching gums when the teeth are still erupting.

Toothbrush – tether toy

The first toothbrush we buy for our child can also be… a tether toy! There are many attested tools avaible on the market, with an oval-shaped handle and a small head with soft bristles. Such structure of the toothbrush prevents from, for example, the baby shoving it too deply into their mouth. Such tether toy will not only take care of our child’s healthy smile, but it will also help them get through the hard and painful teething process.

The first “adult” toothbrush

While buying a classic manual toothbrush for our child we should remember that it should be small, with a streamlined anti-slip handle and with soft bristles.

The toothbrush can be originally bought for fun, so that the child can gradually get used to its presence in their mouth. Afterwards, the correct brushing should be introduced, at least twice a day or, even better, after every meal. Remember to replace it every three months or sooner, if a child will bend the bristles by biting on them.

Until our child turns 3, it’s recommended to wait with electric/sonic toothbrushes. It’s important to teach the child how to brush their teeth properly as soon as possible.

When our child is 6 months old or slightly older, we should introduce the toothpaste. It shouldn’t contain any fluoride! We don’t need a lot of toothpaste in order to clean our child’s mouth, a pea-sized drop is enough. The remains of the toothpaste still lingering in the child’s mouth can be wiped off with a tissue.

Starting to take care of our child’s oral hygiene early pays off later. That’s why it’s important to invest some of our time into that and instill the habit of brushing the teeth after every meal in our child.

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