Our baby loves to grin at people and it’s cute because she has what you call a toothless grin.
At 5 months old, she is at the beginning stage of teething, so there is no tooth. Though there is no tooth, it is still a good idea to clean her gum daily. You can do it after each meal. If not, at least once a day would be good. Usually, we clean her gum at the end of the day, right after her last feeding.
What’s the way to clean your baby’s gums?
The easiest way is to use a soft cloth. Wet it with water and then wrap it around your finger. With that, gently clean her gums top and bottom, front and back.
The alternative of using a soft cloth is a finger brush.
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When’s the best time to start cleaning your baby’s gums?
You can start cleaning your baby’s gums even before the first tooth appeared. There is no harm in doing so, and in fact, it is a good way to develop the habit of tooth care from a very young age. At first, your baby may resist it a bit but once you develop a routine, they will get used to it and even look forward to the cleaning each time.
Our baby loves it and we clean her gums after the final feeding for the day. Over time, it has become a routine for her to go to bed after the cleaning. Babies love routine actually!
Myths and Facts
- Baby’s first teeth are not permanent, thus there is no need to be too concerned with their care. Indeed, a baby’s first set of teeth is not permanent but failing to care for them properly can lead to gum infection which in turn can affect the future teeth.
- Drinking tap water is good for teeth protection. Yes and No. Depending on where you live, you want to check to ensure the water is safe for drinking, especially by your newborn. Tap water usually contains fluoride which protects the teeth from acid attacks. The alternative to tap water is using fluoride toothpaste which is suitable for your child when they turn 2 years old. When using fluoride toothpaste, caution should be exercised to use only a small amount of toothpaste. This helps to ensure your child does not swallow excess toothpaste.
- Babies drink milk predominantly and thus there is no need for oral care especially if they have no teeth. The gums are an important part of your baby’s well-being. In addition, starting early with oral care also helps them to build a good habit from young.
Tooth or not, it is a good practice to have your baby’s gums cleaned on a daily basis. Both you and your baby will experience the far-reaching benefits of oral care from starting at a young age.
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