Some babies get their first tooth as early as three months, yet some others won’t get theirs until closer to one year. Most of us understand the importance of dental care, but did you know that you can begin caring for baby’s oral hygiene even before the first tooth arrives? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says the earlier the better.
There are a few ways to care for your baby’s dental health early on, which will continue to benefit them into the future. Ultimately, you have to decide how you will care for your baby’s gums and teeth, so here are a few options to help you decide what is best for your family.
Dental care can begin as early as birth with wipes that are used to clean baby’s gums. Jack N’ Jill creates natural wipes that can be used on gums and teeth from the very beginning. These wipes are a great way to keep baby’s gums clean, and can be used after each feeding.
Silicone Finger Brush
Another great way to begin caring for baby’s gums before the first tooth arrives is by using a silicone finger brush. Haaka makes a great brush for baby’s sensitive gums. This brush fits onto mom or dad’s finger, allowing them to massage and clean baby’s gums.
Teether and Toothbrush
Babies who are waiting for the first tooth to push through are likely to chew and teethe as often as they can. This silicone Sharky Brush doubles as a teether as well as a toothbrush! Its silicon bristles are soft on gums, which babies love. Moms appreciate the way it soothes baby’s need to chew, while keeping those brand new teeth and gums clean.
Because fluoride is already added to our public water source, our family has chosen to use fluoride-free toothpaste, especially for our children. There are some really great fluoride-free options, including Jack N’ Jill’s organic toothpaste, which comes in several flavors kids will love, and Baby Banana makes some great fluoride-free options that are safe for babies as well.
Making oral care a part of your baby’s daily routine will set him up for healthy teeth and gums for the future.
Wendy is a breastfeeding, baby wearing mother of four who lives in central Illinois where she blogs at TheMessyMom.net.