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How to Take Care of your Baby's Teeth: PART-I

Parents often neglect their baby’s teeth and oral hygiene. Though your baby’s primary teeth (milk teeth) are replaced by permanent teeth later, it is important to take proper care of them. They help your child learn speaking, chewing and lay the framework for permanent teeth. Here is detailed information on how to take care of your baby’s mouth before the appearance of milk teeth, after the appearance and other aspects of your baby’s teeth in parts.

How to Take Care of Babies Teeth:

How to Take Care of your Baby’s Oral Health (mouth) before the Appearance if Milk Teeth?

  • Wrap a clean soft cotton wet cloth around your index finger and gently clean your baby’s mouth, tongue and gums twice a day (in the morning and evening).
  • Don’t let your baby go to sleep with a bottle in his/her mouth. This encourages bacterial growth in the mouth.
  • Avoid putting any toothpaste in your baby’s mouth
  • Breastfeed your baby

How to Take Care of your Baby’s Teeth after Appearance of Milk Teeth?

After the appearance of your baby’s teeth follow the same cleaning and care tips mentioned above till you feel you feel using a child toothbrush and paste for your baby’s oral and dental care. Beside this take note of the following care tips.

  • Be sure not to allow your baby with a milk bottle. This causes teeth cavities and teeth decay after the appearance of milk teeth.
  • Be sure not to give your child chewy, sticky candies and chocolates.

How to Take Care of your Baby’s Teeth after 1 Year or 1 and ½ Years?

By the time your baby completes 1 or 1 and ½ years, almost all the milk teeth come out. It is the appropriate time to use tooth brush in your baby’s mouth. Here are the suggestions on how to take care your baby’s teeth during this period.

  • Check with your dentist after your baby completes 1 year.
  • Give your baby healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, unsweetened cereal, cheese and yogurt.
  • Be sure your child is not a lot of candies, chocolates and sweet foods. It is okay if you give your child these foods once a while, but not daily.
  • At this time also be sure not to let your child with a bottle in his mouth.
  • When your baby feels thirsty, give him/her water.
  • Avoid soft drinks to your baby.
  • Feed your baby with a spoon than using bottle always and him/her how to take food with a spoon.

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How to take care of your baby’s teeth

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