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Inigo’s First Dental Check up

 

 

I posted a picture of my baby’s first tooth in Facebook about how come it had a stain. Then a high school friend of mine who is a dentist sent a message saying that I should get his teeth checked. I was shocked knowing that the baby can have their first dental visit at a young age, as early as the first tooth erupted!!
I took his advice and went to his clinic in Makati to have my baby’s first dental check-up.
 
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Taken at the Dentist August 27, 2017 with Dr. Bryan Anduiza 🙂
 
Inigo was 10 months that time and didn’t really understand what is happening. As we arrived, my friend and I had some chitchat about our lives and examined my baby’s teeth. After the assessment, advised me to hold Inigo tight while we apply the fluoride on his teeth and gums. It was not a pleasurable 5 minutes for my baby love.
He was screaming while the dentist took advantage of the opening of the mouth and gently applied the fluoride all over my baby’s teeth and gums.
Here are the things he told me that I should do to ensure maximal health of his teeth.

 

  1. Always brush his teeth – even if it’s just 2, it doesn’t matter. It needs to be brushed. Brushing is a habit that needs repetition in order for our baby to enjoy.

  2. Have a Dental Appointment every 6 months – this is to teach us and the baby good oral hygiene from an early age. Also, if there is oral health problems such as cavities, it can be treated quickly.

  3. Use Fluoride Toothpaste – it’s better than using the ones who claims fluoride free since fluoride is proven to prevent cavities.

 

       I am actually selling a FLOURIDE and SUGARFREE Toothpaste, please check this out!   
    Colgate Sugar Free Toothpaste
I believe that, that dental visit was more helpful for me than for my son. Talking to a dentist and having a broad idea of how the teeth of the baby operates made me more dedicated in taking care of Inigo’s teeth.
I am so happy that I went to see a dentist as early as possible even though the elders around me told that it’s not necessary because I learned a lot! So don’t every shy away from the things that don’t really makes sense to you. Instead, exert effort in knowing more. Learning is always beneficial to everyone!

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Baby teeth
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How to Take Care of Your Baby’s Teeth

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

Colgate Junior Sugarfree Toothpaste

Macleans Milk Teeth Toothpaste 0-3 years old

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Brush Together

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!

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