Even before going to the dentist, as soon as the first tooth arrives, we should start taking care of the precious baby teeth. My mother advised me to clean the teeth with wet lampin and to include the tongue as well. I did that but I was not very consistent until I saw stains on his lower teeth that I started really taking oral hygiene seriously. Some say that the teeth stain is because of the vitamins that we made them drink. I am guilty because I made him drink Ferlin, an iron supplement, since breastfeeding moms lack Iron. Some say that it is because of fluoride deficiency!
Here comes my Fairy Tita Teresa who really aced motherhood so much that every time she tells me something about, I believe it instantly! We went to Rockwell for dinner that day. When she arrived, she gave me Inigo’s first Fluoride Toothpaste, Aqua Fresh! I asked her where to buy it so I could buy more, as you all know I like to hoard. HAHA. She told me that I do not need it and this one tube will last me forever, as I said, she know what she is talking about! We have the same tube of toothpaste until now.
So here comes the exciting part, the brushing of the teeth. It was really hard at first! I would hear screaming, crying, and tantrums all time but I always tell myself, I am stronger than my baby and it’s for him.
Luckily, by the age of 20 months, Inigo started liking this routine called brushing teeth. These are the tips that might help you along the way.
Choose the Toothbrush with your Baby
If he is still young, make sure that it’s really colorful, but with toddlers, bring them to the mall! Inigo really likes Minions and when he saw the Minions Colgate Toothbrush, we knew we should take it home! They often enjoy the routine more if they see something they like.
Use fluoride toothpaste
It’s really hard to get fluoride in our baby’s body except drinking Dr. Edwards Fluoride water or clean tap water. So the next best and cheapest way to get fluoride is to use toothpaste that has it! Do not worry, it is safe to consume 500ppm of Fluoride according to my dentist. Just wipe it with damp gauze pad after.
I have two kinds of toothpaste available in my shop right now, one is SUGARFREE and the other one is the perfect minty flavor!
Have gauze pad with you
This is the most convenient way to clean baby’s teeth even if outside or when the baby falls asleep without brushing his teeth. Just damp it with purified/ distilled water, wipe the teeth vertically, from up to down and you are good to go!
Have regular dental appointments
It may sound redundant but we really need to have regular checkups so the dentist can guide us on how to properly care for the pearly whites. Though these baby teeth can be gone by the age of 7, it would still be nice to have their teeth presentable.
Establish a Routine
This really helped Inigo to start liking brushing teeth! He looks forward to it every night. Babies thrive better with routines, so continue brushing/cleaning his teeth even if he starts crying.
Amazing trick that I learned now that Inigo can use his hand properly.
Trust me mommies, all those crying while they are held down and being brushed are gonna be worth it! It will also save you more money in the future! Healthy teeth = procedure/surgery prevention =NO MONEY WASTED!
One day, you will just be proud of yourself when your baby starts getting his toothbrush and brushes his teeth alone!