What Should I Use to Clean My Baby’s Teeth?
No matter if this is your first, third, or twenty-third baby it seems like there is always more to learn about how to properly care for them. It takes a lot to be a parent, and we also know that there’s nothing you want more than to help that new little life grow up to be healthy, happy, and successful.
It starts with their teeth. Oral health has been proven to be linked to mental happiness and stability, and there’s no denying that a healthy mouth helps you feel better throughout the day. What about your baby’s teeth? Babies aren’t yet old enough to brush their teeth but even those tiny teeth buds need to be cleaned. Check out these options for proper teeth cleaning at home for all children two years and younger!
How to Safely Clean Your Baby’s Teeth
Baby teeth are so tiny and fragile-seeming, but that doesn’t mean you can’t touch them. There are a few pediatric dentist-approved ways to clean those tiny teeth, and you’ll be surprised how easy they are!
With Damp Gauze
If you’d like to provide your baby with a little better clean, use damp gauze. The texture will provide very slight abrasion like a toothbrush would for an adult. This is a good option, but we know not everyone has gauze on hand.
With a Damp Washcloth
A damp washcloth will do just fine! This is actually one of the best ways you can clean your baby’s teeth. Use one with a little bit of texture in the fiber, and make sure it’s soft enough to really get in there. This is a great way to keep your baby’s teeth healthy!
A Finger Brush
This one is perhaps the one that makes the most sense and is the easiest. These cheap finger brushes can be found on Amazon or in baby supply stores. All you have to do is put it on your finger, get it wet if needed, and gently rub your baby’s teeth. This device is also super helpful for getting in between your baby’s teeth and can help stimulate the gums!
With Your Finger
Your finger is a quick way to clean your baby’s teeth but isn’t going to be as effective as the other methods listed. Use this only when desperate!
Now that you know the best ways to clean your baby’s teeth, you might be wondering how long you’ll need to be doing this, or why it’s even important to clean their teeth. Baby teeth are just as susceptible to dental decay and rotting as adolescent and adult teeth. That means that by cleaning them gently in these ways you are preventing some serious potential risks. You can also begin teaching your child to brush their teeth around the age of two years old!
Burg Can Help With Baby Teeth
We have always said that it’s best to bring your baby in for their very first checkup at six months old. During this visit the dentist can determine if there will be any immediate problems with their development. We will look for signs of tooth decay and gingivitis, and we can even tell you if your baby is having a hard time sleeping due to tooth pain!
We are experienced with children of all ages and can provide you with any information you need concerning your baby and their oral health. All you have to do is call us at any of our locations. We can’t wait to meet you!