Baby's health

Care For Baby Teeth

So now that our baby has teeth I have been wondering if I have to do anything to keep them clean. I was under the impression that you really didn’t have to do much until there were a bunch of teeth there. I was wrong.

The Ministry of Health has information that states from birth -three years:

  • Use a clean cloth to wipe your baby’s gums and teeth after each feeding.
  • As soon as teeth appear, brush your baby’s teeth at least twice a day using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water (no toothpaste).
  • Once a month, lift your baby’s top lip and check for decay. Look at the front and back of the top four teeth. If you see white or brown spots, take your baby to the dentist.
  • When your baby is able to sit up alone, give baby a training cup to drink from.
  • Never use corn syrup or sweeteners on a soother.
  • Germs that cause cavities are passed from person to person. Never put your baby’s soother or spoon in your mouth or allow sharing with others.
  • If your baby sleeps with a bottle, use only water.
  • Toddlers should stop using bottles between 18 months and two years of age.
  • At two years of age, start taking your child to the dentist. Your child should visit the dentist regularly.

SOURCE:Ministry of Health

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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