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What do I need when my baby is teething?

If your baby is teething, you'll want to have a few things on hand in terms of your baby health and toiletries supplies in terms of oral care to help soothe them.

  • A cool, wet cloth can help reduce irritation on the gums, and teethers or teething aids, such as a teething ring or toy can provide some relief as well.
  • Baby gum massagers are another tool that can help, and you can find ones that fit over your finger or attach to a toothbrush.
  • Teething gel or teething powder can also be used to help soothe baby's gums, but be sure to use a gel that is safe for infants. You can ask your doctor or health care professional for recommendations.
  • Some parents find that using a pacifier or dummy can also help calm a teething baby.
  • Teething toothbrushes are another tool that can be used to help soothe baby's gums. These toothbrushes have soft bristles that are gentle on gums.
  • Babies sometimes can have a temperature or fever when they are teething, you can monitor this with a baby thermometer.
  • You may also want to give your baby some extra cuddles and attention during this time!

When should I start cleaning or brushing my baby's teeth?

Baby oral care is important. Start taking care of your baby's teeth and gums as soon as they come in. Use a soft, wet cloth to clean them gently after each feeding. Once your baby has a few teeth, you can start using a small, soft toothbrush to brush them. Don't use toothpaste, though, until your child is old enough to spit it out (usually around 2 years old).

How often should I brush my baby's teeth?

You should brush your baby's teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible.

Are children's toothbrushes and toothpaste different to adults?

Yes, baby toothbrushes and kid's toothpaste are different to adults'. Training toothbrushes and children's toothbrushes are smaller and have softer bristles, while children's toothpaste may come in different flavours than adults.

How can I encourage my child to brush their own teeth?

There are a few things you can do to encourage your child to brush their own teeth as they get older. Just like you may encourage them to learn and have fun in the bath with baby bath toys, you can start with teeth brushing by making it a game or singing a song while they brush. Let them choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste, too. Make it a regular part of their grooming, and just be sure to lead by example – make sure they see you brushing your own teeth! Finally, praise them when they do a good job!

What are some common problems with oral health in babies?

  • Cavities, also called tooth decay, are the most common oral health problem in young children. Cavities happen when plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) forms on the teeth and eats away at the enamel. This can cause pain, sensitivity, and problems with eating and speaking.
  • Gingivitis is another common oral health problem in babies. It's an inflammation of the gums that can lead to redness, swelling, and bleeding. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into peritonitis, which is a more serious condition that can damage the bones and tissues around the teeth.

Dental care for kids is something that needs to be a part of your regular daily baby health routine.

When should I take my baby to the dentist?

You should take your baby to the dentist for the first time when they turn one year old. After that, you'll need to take them for check-ups every six months.