You can begin strengthening and cleaning a baby’s gums as soon as they are born. Use a clean cloth with warm water to gently massage the infant’s gums. When you notice the first signs of a tooth breaking through the child’s gums, you can start cleaning your baby’s teeth and gums. Although his first set of teeth is temporary, it helps to take good care of them from the start to avoid cavities and ensure the gums’ health. Baby teeth are also important because they help children learn to chew naturally and speak clearly. As mentioned earlier, begin by using a soft moist cloth to clean teeth and gums and eventually use a small toothbrush with soft bristles. Ask your pediatric dentist which toothpaste you should use.
Another important aspect of taking care of your baby’s teeth is to be conscience of baby bottle tooth decay. Letting children sleep through the night with a baby bottle can cause serious damage to the development of their baby teeth. Early cavities in infants’ teeth are often the result of baby bottle tooth decay. Cavities in baby teeth may be the beginning of poor dental health through a child’s adolescence. If you suspect tooth decay from a baby bottle, consult with a pedodontist on early solutions.