Depending on your baby and their personality, the teething process can be a whirlwind of crying, fussiness, and sleepless nights. If your little one has started to sprout teeth, it’s important that you know how to take care of them. From brushing them to avoiding certain toothpaste, this article will discuss three tips for dealing with your baby’s baby teeth. Read on to learn more.
Get Them a Toothbrush
It may sound a bit ridiculous to get your baby a toothbrush, considering they still haven’t mastered the art of using their fingers, but this is one of the best things you can do for their oral health. By brushing their teeth— even if it’s just two of them— both morning and night, you are not only getting rid of germs and bacteria, but you are also getting them used to the idea of brushing in general.
Up until your child is around two years old, most pediatricians and dentists encourage you to refrain from giving your child any toothpaste. The reason behind this? Most kids under the age of two have a hard time not swallowing things, and toothpaste shouldn’t be swallowed. Instead of using toothpaste, just use some warm water and wet their toothbrushes.
Help With Teething
The teething process as mentioned previously can be a literal pain in the mouth. If you have noticed that your little one is irritable, in pain, running a fever, or just not themselves, there are a few simple things you can do to help them with the teething process. For starters, try giving them a cold teething toy that you can put in the freezer. Both the texture combined with the coldness will help numb your child’s gums and make them feel better. Additionally, you can let them chew on things like a cold washcloth which has a similar effect. If they are having trouble sleeping at night, try giving them some Children’s Tylenol.
Taking care of your infant’s teeth may be the last thing to have crossed your mind, but it is important. To learn more about pediatric dental care or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Smith, contact our office today!