Your baby doesn’t have teeth, but you should still clean his or her mouth and the baby’s gums.
It is a good idea to get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s gums soon after birth. Although there may be a little fussing at first, your infant will get used to having the mouth cleaned like other parts of the body. Many children grow to enjoy tooth brushing as part of their daily routine.
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To clean your baby’s mouth
Lay your infant in your lap. The head should be close to your chest so you can look down directly into your child’s mouth.
Clean the gums by rubbing a clean, damp, washcloth along the baby’s upper and lower gums. You can also use terrycloth finger cots, which fit over the finger and are made for this purpose. They are sold in many drugstores.
When the teeth come into the mouth, switch to a soft-bristled, infant-sized toothbrush. Unless your dentist recommends otherwise, start using a toothpaste with fluoride. For children who are younger than 3 years, use only a “smear” of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) on the bristles of the toothbrush.
Follow these steps at least twice a day — once after breakfast and once after the last feeding of the day.
Watch this video for how to clean baby’s gums. Source Howcast.com
Hygiene is paramount as oral cavity is exposed to all kinds of foor material. Children’s Teeth are more prone to cavities. Observe for any cavities or black spots on the teeth and consult a dentist as soon as you see them.
To know more about your child’s oral hygiene maintenance, meet Dr. Vimal Thareja MDS, at SmileMax Dentistry Dental Clinic, Rani Bagh, Pitampura.
Dr. Vimal Thareja completed his BDS from the prestigious Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal. And then his MDS in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics from College of Dental Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
He is working as a Senior Consultant at various hospitals and private dental clinics in Delhi & NCR where he exclusively treats patients with malocclusions and dentofacial deformities. He has over 8 years of experience in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, dealing with various dental and facial aberrations. In Orthodontics, he is routinely practices Straight-wire technique, Lingual Orthodontics, Self-Ligation, Adult Orthodontics, Clear Aligners and temporary anchorage Devices. Dr. Thareja has treated hundreds of patients with irregular teeth and facial problems and given them the gift of a beautiful smile using the latest technology and his vast armamentarium of different systems of braces and devices."<yoastmark
He is a Life Member of Indian Orthodontic Society for over 4 years now, also active academically. He has a teaching experience of over 4 years as Senior Faculty in a Dental College in NCR. Dr. Thareja has also published various research papers in prestigious national and international journals.
Registered with the Delhi State Dental Council, Dr. Thareja also Practices full time at SmileMax Dentistry, Rani Bagh, Pitampura. He also practices general dentistry along with Orthodontics and is known for providing services in Aesthetic Dentistry, Crowns & Bridges. Gums Treatments, Root Canals, Teeth Whitening procedures, Tooth Colored Fillings, Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology.