Oral hygiene is an extremely important yet highly ignored aspect of keeping little ones sanitary and trouble-free.
Here’s how I’ve been taking care of my little one’s oral hygiene from the very beginning –
1) Since he turned 2 months old, I have been cleaning his tongue with a sterile cotton bud dipped in two drops of Borax Glycerine, every alternate day, to get rid of milk deposits.
2) After he turned 6 months old and started feeding on semi-solids, I used a silicon finger brush, dipped in a solution of water and half tsp of salt, to rub on his gums and new teeth. Salt water keeps the baby’s teeth, gums and tongue sterilised.
3) After he turned 1, I started doing the same salt+water brushing but with the Chicco baby toothbrush. It was easier to reach the back of the mouth with a toothbrush rather than a finger brush after he acquired his front teeth.
4) Since he turned 2 years old, I have been using Pigeon baby toothpaste. He clearly understands the concept of rinsing the mouth and not swallowing the toothpaste, although it is harmless but I try to explain him to spit it out all the time.
You must brush your kids’ teeth two times a day since they start eating solids. Tooth decay is extremely common amongst kids and can be avoided to a great extent by brushing teeth at night.
Visit your paediatric dentist after the child turns one year old to learn how you must take oral care and precautions.
Avoid making the baby go to sleep while feeding from the very beginning. Milk residues in mouth can lead to cavities.
Avoid giving the kids too many sweets. Instead give them fruits to fulfill their sugar cravings.
Do not use fluoride based toothpastes until the child is 3 years of age.