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Brushing Baby Teeth

Posted on 11/21/2022 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
Brushing Baby TeethYour baby requires good dental care after developing their first teeth. Baby teeth decay or gum disease can enormously interfere with your baby's health and nutrition. Brushing their teeth can start when you notice the first tooth growing. It is recommended that you make use of a very soft toothbrush to avoid damaging their delicate gums. The brush should have a minimum of three rows of soft bristles.

Best Way to Brush your Baby's Teeth

Damp the toothbrush with water and tiny toothpaste. Use the brush to make circular motions on all the surfaces of the teeth. For children below the age of three years, just make use of toothpaste equivalent to the size of a grain of rice.

Ensure you assist your baby in positioning their mouth downward so that you can efficiently dribble the toothpaste into a cloth or sink. For children above the age of three years, you can encourage them to spit the toothpaste on their own.

Brushing the Teeth of an Unwilling Baby

Most babies don't love to have their teeth brushed. The best way to encourage your baby to sit still while you brush their teeth is to make the activity more enjoyable. You can try tricks such as singing a song, so they do not focus on you brushing their teeth. You can also invest in a motorized brush which is another method to encourage your baby to have their teeth brushed. The motorized brush is quite appealing and will ensure your baby finds the process enjoyable. You can also reward them after brushing their teeth to encourage them to sit still.

Brushing your baby's teeth can be a difficult task but there are many ways you can make it more enjoyable for both of you. It is important to take care of your baby's teeth to ensure long term oral health.
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