How To Brush Your Baby’s Teeth

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Proper dental hygiene is important, even for an infant. As new teeth develop, parents need to brush them regularly to prevent tooth and gum decay. It is also important to develop good oral hygiene habits now, so that they continue as the child grows.

Once your infant develops teeth, you will need to prepare yourself by purchasing a baby toothbrush with a thick, easy to grip, handle and a tiny head that will comfortably fit inside of your infants mouth. To brush, you can use infant toothpaste, or a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste (a dot the size of a grain of rice).

As you begin to brush, concentrate on the areas where he/she has teeth, but also spend some time brushing his/her gums and tongue. This will help ensure proper tooth and gum care. While brushing, it is important to be careful. Their mouth is small, and you don’t want to gage your infant, or cause them to dislike the toothbrush.

Once you have completed brushing, it is important to allow the child to explore the brush on their own. This will help them get acclimated to the feeling of the toothbrush, and help prepare them for performing the task on their own. Infant brushing should be completed between one and two times per day.