At any stage of child development, oral hygiene and dental care are crucial. Let study dental care for below one-year-old kids.
Right from giving birth, the mother should take care of the baby’s oral cavity, especially after breastfeeding and before bedding. It is useful for teething, helping children get used to regular oral hygiene and dental care.
Dental care is very important for newborn babies because it will directly affect the oral health of the baby in the future, especially at birth, babies cannot take care of themselves, so mothers must know how to clean the tongue for the babies.
Tooth structure in newborns
When babies are 6-7 months old, the first baby teeth will grow. Each child has a different teething time, depending on the mental status of each child, some babies have teeth growth at the fourth-month birth, the other may 9-10 months later. It is a normal phenomenon that parents should not be too worried.
Usually, children have 20 baby teeth, which counts for 12 fewer teeth than adults. Children at one year old typically have 6-8 teeth, when two years old have 18-20 teeth.
Dental care for children
The first thing you need to do is wash your hands thoroughly and pour warm water into a small clean bowl. Make sure the water is not too hot, dip your hand in to check it. Then, wrap a cloth or washcloth around your index finger, submerging in warm water in a bowl.
Hold your baby with one hand, place your finger on his or her lower lip to encourage you to open the mouth. You can ask another person to hold the baby for more safety. When your baby opens the mouth, wipe the gums and tongue gently with a soft, damp cloth, because the milk, food, and bacteria often gather in these areas.
If the white residue becomes “stubborn” does not go, take a toothpaste without flour, toothpaste for children put on a towel and rub gently on the gums, tongue surface of children with quick action. Use a damp washcloth not to swallow the toothpaste immediately.
After cleaning the tongue, move your finger around the baby’s mouth and gently massage the teeth and gums. If the white residue on the baby’s tongue cannot be cleaned, consult a dentist.
Under one year old can grow from 2-8 teeth. During this period, children may be uncomfortable when teething so moms should prepare soft, safe toys to chew and massage gums with a soft towel.
Mothers should use a small, round, and soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste suitable for their age and contain low levels of flour, no foam. Just taking a pea-sized amount of ice cream is enough.
The dental care should be done at least once a day after feeding and before going to bed. Comment below your experience to us if you try the method above.