Teething Babies - When to Brush, Floss, and how.
The earlier you start the easier it will be...
It’s easy to think about brushing teeth when you see them but it’s a good idea to start the habit of brushing even before baby teeth come in. Although bacteria in the mouth doesn’t usually harm the gums before the teeth come in forming good oral hygiene habits early will save you from a lot of heartache in the future.
Wrap small gauze or wet cloth around your index finger and gently rub the gums, this will be both soothing and a great habit to start your baby on the right track. Try to make this a daily routine; your baby will transition to brushing their teeth as they get older much easier.
Many babies will start forming their teeth at 6 months, some as late as 15 to 18 months, when the teeth start to form, find a baby tooth brush with a good grip. Although there’s a lot of baby toothpaste with fluoride, I chose to use natural organic non-fluoride toothpaste for my triplets. Fluoride is not good if swallowed and at such a young age, it’s difficult to stop your baby from swallowing after brushing. You should have a good understanding of what Fluoride is and how much Fluoride is too much to make better informed decisions. Since I didn’t use any fluoride in the toothpaste, I urged my babies to drink water after each brushing, I didn’t want to have the bacteria and tarter brushed off their teeth only to have it sitting in their mouth.
Try to make brushing time a fun time; no one likes to sit still long enough to brush their teeth, especially an active baby or toddler. I was fortunate in having great success with my triplets. I would use brushing time as singing time, I would lay my babies one at a time on my lap and brush their teeth while singing the same two songs every day, and this created a sense of enjoyment for them. I wouldn’t sing these two songs any other times, just during brushing. When it was time to brush their teeth, I wouldn’t say “let’s brush”, I would say, “let’s sing the teeth to sleep”, which made them feel like they were a part of a game. Make sure they do not eat anything or drink any milk after brushing, if that's the time you are brushing the teeth.
It’s important to have a good understanding of how to properly brush your teeth and how often you should replace a tooth brush. There are many choices in baby tooth brushes, make sure and choose one that has characters your baby loves, it will help in the acceptance of this new routine.