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UltimateMama was surprised to find out that a new mother who was a long-time friend of hers did not know that she had to care for her infant baby’s gums.  UltimateMama wants you all to know that you must take care of your baby’s gums right after birth.  Additionally, you need to instill brushing teeth into your baby’s routine right away so that when they do have teeth it won’t be a surprise to them to feel a toothbrush in their mouths.

UltimateMama offers a few tips for caring for your child’s gums and teeth:

– Right after birth start wiping your baby’s gums after feedings with a washcloth, gauze, or .  It is important to get your child used to having their mouth looked at or checked.

– Keep cleaning your child’s mouth after the first tooth appears.  You can use a soft child toothbrush and water.  Non-fluoride toothpaste is also acceptable for the first few teeth that come in as your young child most likely does not know how to properly spit out fluoride toothpaste. 

– When your child can spit out toothpaste then switch to fluoride toothpaste (usually around 3-4 years of age).  Continue to brush your toddler’s teeth to ensure a thorough cleaning.

– Always supervise your child as they brush their teeth, even as they get older.  It is very important to remove all the plaque from your child’s teeth and mouth. 

– Spend time on brushing your child’s teeth.  A thorough brushing may take up to five minutes as opposed to one minute!

– Try to brush your child’s teeth three times a day, preferably after meals. If three times is too hard to do then make sure you help them brush twice a day (morning and night).

– Brush your child’s tongue for good breath!  This helps to remove bacteria as well.  

– Replace your child’s toothbrush when it appears worn or the bristles become frayed.

–  Make your first trip to the dentist after you researched pediatric dentists in your area.  Ask them what age they begin accepting new patients as it does vary by dentist.  Also, ask them for advice on flossing, braces, spacers, etc.

– Alert your child’s dentist to any history of thumb sucking or pacifier habits.

– Treat your child’s baby teeth with as much respect as you would their permanent teeth.  Instill good brushing habits early on.

– If you want your child to have nice teeth then you should promote a healthy diet.  Encourage them to avoid soda.

– Teach your children about the dangers of tobacco on teeth (and their body as well).