As soon as your baby has been born, your all but overwhelming instinct is to look after and protect them, and a part of this will be ensuring that they have teeth which look strong, healthy and white throughout their life.
When you’re baby’s teeth first start to appear they can look so strong, white and perfect that the very idea of them ever falling victim to decay or other problems may seem a little far-fetched. The truth, however, is that even before the teething process starts there are steps which any parent can take to ensure that your children grow up with strong teeth and a healthy attitude towards good mental health. Before teething starts, when your children are only a few months old, it can be extremely helpful to massage your baby’s gums softly and gently using a clean washcloth or a piece of gauze after each time they’ve eaten. Whilst cleaning teeth which actually aren’t even there yet may seem a trifle extreme, it actually serves two purposes. The first is that it keeps the gums clean, removing bacteria which, if left in place, would be there ready to attack any tooth as soon as it first appears. The second function of the gum massaging is to introduce them to the very concept of having someone reach into their mouth. Feeling comfortable and relaxed with this at such an early age will reap huge dividends when you want to clean their teeth later, or take them along to be looked at by the dentist.
Once your baby’s teeth actually start appearing it’s vital that you clean them using the correct brushing technique. The first thing to bear in mind is that you have to use an extremely soft and small brush, one specially designed for use with very young children. The next thing to think about is concentrating your brushing on the area where the tooth actually emerges from the gum. This is where plaque and tartar are likely to gather and build, and keeping them clean will provide a bulwark against future decay. Leaving it up to your children to do it themselves is probably not the wisest move, since even older toddlers are unlikely to brush efficiently, and monitoring the way they brush their teeth is strongly advisable. It may even be recommended that you use a child’s electric toothbrush.
Just like adults, children should brush their teeth twice a day, at morning and at night. When you take your children into the bathroom at the start of the day to wash their faces and so on, that’s the best time to give their teeth a good clean, thus removing the layer of plaque which builds up while they sleep. Likewise, at night, it’s best to build teeth cleaning into your children’s bed time routine, making it as much a part of getting ready for bed as climbing into their pyjamas and having a bedtime story. Another vitally important step to take is to ensure that your child doesn’t fall asleep with any kind of bottle or juice mug in their mouth. If they do, it should be a bottle of water and nothing else. Fruit juice or even milk will merely bathe your child’s teeth in sugar until they wake up in the morning. Despite your best efforts, it’s still not entirely impossible for tooth decay to actually start making its’ presence felt. For this reason, making a regular visit to a dentist in London will ensure that any potential problems are spotted almost before they begin.
Keeping your baby’s teeth white, clean and healthy is a combination of good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and regular trips to the dentist. Bring all of these together and you’ll be able to look at your child’s strong, white smile and feel proud of the job that you’ve done.