13 Jul Tooth Fairy’s Dental Guide for Itty Bitty Babies

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Newborn to 6 months

Although your precious newborn doesn’t quite yet have a single tooth, you can still get ready for the arrival of two rows of pearly whites. After feeding, brush your baby’s gums gently with a warm, moistened gauze. Start twice a day. During the cleansing, you might get lucky and spot the early signs of teething by seeing slight discoloration or bruising of the gums. Keep in mind that it usually takes about 6 months for babies to get their first tooth. Once the ‘eruption’ happens, make a transition to a baby toothbrush or a washing cloth. At this stage, you don’t need to use any toothpaste. Water will do the magic for you!

 

6 months to 12 months

It’ll be a good idea to visit the dentist after spotting the first sign of teething. If the tooth fairy is keeping your baby really busy, you can expect to see up to 8 new teeth before her first birthday. First, use a grain-of-rice-sized tooth paste on a soft brush. Then increase the amount of tooth paste as the number of erupted teeth increases. Gently massaging the gums with a warm gauze can assuage your little one from tooth aches.

 

12 months to 18 months

Hooray! Your little one’s tiny mouth is filling up with pearly whites! Keep cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste to minimize irritation and discomfort. Look carefully for any sign of grinding. Ask your dentist if your baby doesn’t show any teething signs by 15 months. Also consider fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Take out anything that’s too sugary from your baby’s diet. Reduce sugar laden treats, and opt for fruits and veggie during snack time.

(Reference: www.redfearndental.com, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/basic-dental-care-infants-and-children)