Thursday, September 10, 2009

When to Start Cleaning Babies Teeth?

Teeth of the baby usually starts to come out during the fourth to one year depending on the babies’ development. And this is the difficult period of most babies because they will be experiencing anxieties like fever, running nose, unable to sleep well, some are having allergies too. For most mothers, they too are stress out because babies are always crying, experiencing pain and ill. But when the teeth already came out, all of the pain that they have will be gone but they will be starting to bite anything.

In this case is it advisable to start cleaning their teeth? When is the best time to start cleaning their teeth? According to Howard Reinstein, a pediatrician in Encino, California, you should start cleaning your baby's teeth as soon as that first pearly white sprouts (for most babies that are around 4 months). "At first, just use a piece of gauze moistened with water to wipe plaque from your baby's teeth and gums," says you don't need to use toothpaste, but try to clean your baby's teeth twice a day.

Once your baby has several teeth, you might try using a small toothbrush with just two or three rows of very soft bristles. Ask your pediatrician whether to use toothpaste, and what type of toothpaste. If you live in an area where the water is fluoridated, he might advise against using toothpaste that contains fluoride. If your water isn't fluoridated, he might prescribe fluoride drops or tablets and recommend fluoridated toothpaste. Either way you should know that fluoride can be toxic to children if ingested in large quantities. (Poison control centers around the country get thousands of toothpaste-related calls each year.)

To prevent problems, keep toothpaste out of you
r child's reach, and use only a half-pea-sized drop when brushing. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste rather than swallow it — a concept that's hard for very young children to understand.


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