There is nothing quite like seeing that little baby teeth pop up through the gum, one of the greatest joys of being a parent is getting to see you child grow. Over the next couple of years your baby’s smile will be filled with tiny little pear-like rows of baby teeths.
Although transitory, baby teeth are very important. They act as a placeholder for adult teeth. And without them, your child wouldn’t be able to chew properly or even speak fluently; in fact, you can picture them as training wheels, during this stage we train and develop skills that will help us throughout our lifetime.
Before baby teeth
Caring for your baby’s oral hygiene is fundamental for their health and adequate development. Before their first teeth pop we will be using neither toothbrush nor toothpaste for cleaning; instead, you should clean their gums with a soft wet cloth or gauze, do it after every meal and before bedtime; be throughout but gentle, remember that at this stage discomfort is expected and we don’t want to hurt our child.
At this stage, bacteria may form tartar inside the baby’s mouth, which if untreated, might damage the baby’s teeth as they come out.
After baby teeth
When the first teeth come out, it’s time to move on to a toothbrush; you might want to just use water at the beginning, and never forget, be gentle. As soon as you see several white bulbs add some toothpaste (just a bit, about the size of a grain of rice).
Keep in mind that many companies sell special toothbrushes and toothpaste for babies, never use adult toothpaste since the baby could swallow it, make sure that whatever product you are using is fluoride-free.
It’s always a good idea to take your baby to a dentist after the first tooth comes forth. And then, take them at least twice a year, that way the will quickly grow used to the dentist and you will help them develop a good habit for their adult life.
Keep brushing your children’s teeth until they can start doing it by themselves, don’t leave alone yet. Brush with them, and supervise them, until you are pretty sure that they understand that they should cleanse their mouth after finishing, a kid should be able to brush on their own at about age 6.
Finally, if everything goes according to plan, some teeth will come loose sooner or later, that’s just another sign that your kid is growing up into a healthy child.