After weeks of watching your baby drool and fuss, you basics of Pediatrics and hygiene of children of early age spot that first little tooth bud popping up through the gums. Baby teeth may be small, but they’re important. They act as placeholders for adult teeth.
Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. That’s why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is so important. Caring for Baby’s Gums You can start caring for baby’s gums right away. But at first, the care won’t involve a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Get a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze. Gently wipe down your baby’s gums at least twice a day. Especially wipe your baby’s gums after feedings and before bedtime. This will wash off bacteria and prevent them from clinging to gums. Bacteria can leave behind a sticky plaque that damages infant teeth as they come in. Brushing Baby’s Teeth When the first baby teeth start to pop up, you can graduate to a toothbrush.