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Even though baby teeth are primary and fall off after a couple of years, it is still important to take care of them. The whole process of teething in infants can be hard, not only for the babies but also for the parents. It goes without saying that neglecting to care for baby teeth will result in life long damages. Parents should start paying attention to baby's oral hygiene even before the teeth show up. Here are some essentials about kids oral health that every new parent should consider.

When to Start Visiting Dentists

According to research, more than 60% of children suffer from various kids of oral health problems by the age of one. That's why it is important for parents to consult specialists and pediatric dentists about the oral condition of their kid. Don't wait for a problem to show up before visiting the dentist, parents should work together with dentists to prevent any sort of oral hygiene trouble in their kids. Experts dental care of  My Kids DDS says that you should start visiting pediatric dentist when your child first start teething or by the age of 1.

Clean Baby’s Gum

However, it is important to take care of baby’s gum even before the first tooth pop outs. Studies show that even when there are no teeth, disease causing bacterial are still present in baby’s mouth. Start cleaning the gums right after the baby feeds. This, obviously does not involve using toothpaste or toothbrushes. Here are some other ways in which you can clean baby’s gums.

  • Get a small piece of washcloth or gauze tape and moisten it with a little water.
  • Wrap this around the tip of your finger and wipe the gums of the infant.
  • You should do this especially after the baby feeds and bedtime.
  • Moreover, do not let the baby cling onto the milk bottle because it can increase the bacteria in mouth.

Teething Care

It takes approximately two years for all the primary teeth to completely show up in toddlers. This time is especially trying and painful for babies as well as parents. Teething is uncomfortable that's why babies cry, not to mention the pain. The symptoms of teething may include excessive drooling, swollen gums and slightly higher temperature. Here are some ways to relieve teething pain in toddlers.

  • Let your baby chew on teething rings but made sure they are large enough that baby cannot swallow.
  • Rubbing the gums with your fingers but only after thoroughly washing them.
  • You can also consult your pediatrician about giving pain relievers to your child.

Proper Brushing

After all the primary teeth have shown up, you can then, start teaching your child how to brush. Ideal toothbrushes for toddlers should have a small head, soft bristles and a large handle. Choosing an ideal toothpaste for kids, on the other hand, require more consideration. The most important ingredient in kid’s toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is essential for perfect oral hygiene and killing off bacteria in mouth. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste should suffice for toddlers.



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