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Baby's Dental Health: Must-Know Facts About Tooth Care for Children

Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 01:03 AM

Oral hygiene and proper dental health is very important. A child’s oral hygiene is a vital concern for every parent. From the day of a child’s birth, the importance of ensuring oral hygiene begins. If proper care is not taken, the baby may develop future health problems even other than the ones related to teeth cleaning such as cavities or discoloration of teeth.

Once the first small teeth start emerging from the delicate gums of your infant, teeth cleaning or proper dental care becomes necessary. Before teeth emerge, you may not use a brush to clean the mouth. Dental care begins once you start brushing your baby’s teeth once the first tooth begins emerging from the gums. For teeth cleaning, use a soft brush with a large handle. Let us discuss brushing, proper dental care of babies and other means of oral hygiene that a parent must know for a baby’s good dental health.
 
Oral Hygiene for Infants and Babies

Oral hygiene is the general term to denote the care of the entire mouth. This usually includes teeth cleaning or dental care, cleaning of the gums, and cleaning of the tongue and mouth cavity. Oral hygiene for a baby is the act of total mouth care of infants. This is crucial because babies are most susceptible to diseases because of improper oral hygiene. Oral care starts from the day of a baby’s birth, with parents needing to safeguard their baby’s mouth and gums. Even factors such as an unhealthy milk bottle may cause cavities in future teeth. Good oral hygiene is also necessary to keep the baby fit. Parents must ensure good dental health by making sure that the baby is getting enough fluoride for strengthening the tooth enamel.
 
Oral Hygiene and Dental Care

Teeth cleaning is central to oral hygiene. However, prior to this comes gum cleaning. For cleaning your child’s gums, a toothbrush is not necessary. Wipe your baby’s gums and tongue with a clean cloth or gauze every morning and night. This helps eradicate plaque-causing bacteria that might affect future teeth.
 
The most important section of oral hygiene is your baby’s dental care. One must know that to maintain the child’s dental care, parents must ensure proper teeth cleaning, teach a child how to brush teeth, and know how often babies’ teeth need brushing.
 
For new teeth that are emerging, parents should use a gauze to wipe the front and back of the tooth twice a day. This is the easiest way of teeth cleaning for infants. Nevertheless, if your baby does not get irritated while you do this basic teeth cleaning, you can use a soft toothbrush for teeth cleaning. Do not use toothpaste but only use water until your baby turns 18 months old. After this, you can start advanced teeth cleaning and dental care in consultation with your baby’s dental health doctor.
 
For proper dental care, keep the baby’s brush clean and separate from the toothbrushes of other family members.

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Brushing the baby’s teeth is even more important than the dental care of adults. Before the first teeth appear, it is important to ensure proper oral hygiene of infants. Some factors related to the mouth can affect a baby’s health if proper care is not ensured.
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