Good oral hygiene begins from the moment the tooth comes out from the baby’s gum. So proper caring for the tooth and preventing from discoloration, is a big responsibility of every parents. Though it’s normal for baby’s teeth to be discolored because of the foods that they eat but mothers should take steps to prevent that from happening. Below are some of the steps to follow.
1. Start brushing baby’s teeth at least twice a day. Use infant toothpaste and a toothbrush designed for baby's teeth, with small, soft bristles.
2. Let the baby handle or hold his own toothbrush, if he can manage to do so. Even chewing on a toothbrush can be adequate to clean the teeth for this will teach and encourage the child to brush often as the child gets older.
3. If the baby is taking medicine, brush his teeth after administering antibiotics, or vitamins. Frequent use of antibiotics or even vitamins can lead to discoloration of baby teeth because that’s what happens to my child.
4. When feeding bottles for babies remove the bottle from his mouth especially if he falls asleep. It is because bacteria can be form from the liquid which remains in the mouth and can cause discoloration of the teeth.
- Avoid giving to baby’s drinks with sugar content like juices or milk after brushing during the night. Remember the teeth has already been clean and therefore do not give them anymore foods to eat because it can lead to tooth decay and discoloration.
- Bring the baby to the dentist for check-ups as soon as the baby teeth appear.
- Use a small amount of toothpaste when brushing baby’s teeth and never allow them to swallow the toothpaste.
- Don’t allow your child to brush their teeth alone, it should be under your supervision.
- Never put sugar to the pacifier especially when a child is going to sleep.
- Don’t allow the child to chew food and stay longer in his mouth especially sweet and starchy foods.