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6 Oral Hygiene Tips For Infants

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Although baby teeth don’t begin to emerge until around the age of six months, good oral hygiene for your infant is just as important as it is for you to keep their primary teeth and gums healthy and positively impact their overall well-being.

6 Things To Know About Children’s Oral Hygiene

Here are some useful tips to take good care of your infant’s mouth.

  1. Before your baby’s teeth come in, it is important that you clean the gums after every feeding. Simply use a dampened gauze or wet washcloth wrapped around your finger to wipe the gums. Alternatively, you can buy a soft rubbery device that fits like a thimble on your index finger, specifically designed for rubbing off excess food.

  2. Don’t let your child fall asleep with a baby bottle full of milk, formula, juice or any other sweet drink in their mouth. Even when the baby teeth have not started coming in yet, they are partially developed beneath the gums, and are just as susceptible to bacteria and decay as fully developed teeth. In fact, tooth decay arising from this error has a name — baby bottle tooth decay.

  3. During teething, or when your baby’s primary teeth begin to emerge through the gum, you should try to alleviate some of the pain associated with the process. You can make your baby feel better by offering them cold foods (yogurts or applesauce) if you have already introduced solid foods; giving them a rubber teething ring or cool washcloth to chew on; and gently rubbing their gums with a small, cool spoon, a wet gauze pad or just your clean finger.

  4. As soon as the first tooth emerges, you can start cleaning it with a baby toothbrush and training toothpaste. Brush the teeth properly, on the front and back, and lift the lips to clean the gum line as well. Clean your baby’s teeth twice a day.

  5. Most infant foods can be easily washed off the baby’s teeth with a drink of water. So, even before you brush the teeth, it is good practice to follow meals with some clean water.

  6. Schedule your baby’s first dental visit after the arrival of the first tooth, and before the first birthday. This visit is important to ensure proper dental health of your child, and to receive some guidelines on how to best care for your child’s teeth.

Take care of your baby’s teeth right away

Although the baby teeth will eventually fall out, taking care of them from the moment they come in is still very important.These teeth set and preserve the space for adult teeth, plus they help your baby chew and talk during their childhood. If neglected, they can decay or can develop gingivitis, which may lead to a number of dental problems in the years to come.


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Dr. Stacey Stein
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Stacy Stein provides personalized care to each patient by explaining the risks and benefits of different treatment options in an honest way, and involves patients in their own care. With a focus on preventative, paediatrics, restorative, prosthodontics, and endodontics, she loves working with patients of all ages.