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Cleaning Baby’s Teeth

How do I Clean my Babys Teeth

Your baby’s dental health is of utmost importance and a pediatric dentist will be able to guide and assist you every step of the way. Brushing your baby’s teeth is not very difficult and once a routine has been established it will become second nature, but first parents need to learn the technique for brushing their baby’s teeth so it is effective and comfortable for the child.

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How to Brush your Baby’s Teeth

Your baby’s teeth should be brushed twice daily. This should include in the morning and before bed after the child has had his or her last drink for the evening.One of the best ways to position your baby for teeth brushing is on your lap facing away from you, with the head cradled in your inner elbow but other parents also lie their baby down. You can also try kneeling on the floor behind the child, or have the baby lie down on your lap, so you can see easily into the mouth. You will need to discover what works best for you and the comfort of your child.

It is normal for the child to try to bite down on the toothbrush. The best approach is to simply let the baby bite a bit, pull the brush out, and start again. It is recommended for parents to do a quick brushing of all teeth first before going back on each one for more additional, individual attention.

After Brushing your Baby’s Teeth

When brushing your baby’s teeth use a small and gentle circular motion and focus the attention at the bottom of the tooth where it meets the gum. Be sure to be gentle as a teething baby is usually sensitive in the mouth and a bit uncomfortable.

You will need to teach your baby to spit out the toothpaste but the child does not need to rinse with water. The leftover toothpaste will continue to work and protect the teeth, and a bit of toothpaste residue is safe.

Many parents turn brushing teeth into a game and create a song to sing while teeth are being brushed or hide the toothpaste and have the child go and find it. If you require additional suggestions for making brushing your baby’s teeth easier and more enjoyable, your pediatric dentist will offer suggestions.

CHOOSING TOOTHPASTE FOR YOUR BABY

What The Amount of Toothpaste Should Be Used?

Toothpaste should be approved by the Canadian Dental Association. You will find this label on the toothpaste tube and it means the paste contains fluoride. Use a toothpaste that has been designed for babies and contains less than 1000ppu (parts per unit) of fluoride. This is a safe level for children under three. It is also recommended that only a small amount is used, about the size of a grain of rice and the upper limit being the size of a small pea.

Bringing Your Baby Into The Dental Office

Your pediatric dentist can show you how to brush your baby’s teeth. If this is a concern bring your baby into the dental office and start their dental hygiene off to a great start. Contact the Chapnick Dental Office team in Barrie or the Toronto area.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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