Many new parents make a huge mistake when it comes to taking care of their baby’s dental health.
On the average, mothers think that a baby doesn’t need to have his mouth cleaned on a daily basis. After all, he is a baby, or so they think!
But then, mothers should realize that though babies don’t eat adult foods that we may consider harmful to the teeth, the milk they take in form of breast milk or infant formula can also breed bacteria in their mouth if we don’t go the extra mile of daily cleaning their mouth with cotton wool wet with clean water.
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According to dentists, healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. From the time your child is born, there are things you can do to promote healthy teeth and prevent cavities.
For babies, you should clean teeth with a soft, clean cloth or baby’s toothbrush. Avoid putting the baby to bed with a bottle and check teeth regularly for spots or stains.
Dentists say that, for all children, you should:
Start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste when they are two years old. You might start sooner, if a dentist or doctor suggests it.
Provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and drinks
Schedule regular dental check-ups
Forming good habits at a young age can help your child have healthy teeth for life.