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Tips For Brushing Babys Teeth! How To Keep Your Babys Teeth Healthy!
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Healthy Teeth make for a great smile! The key to healthy teeth is having a good routine in place for brushing your baby’s new teeth. How do you come up with a good routine? Keep it simple and make it fun! Keeping your baby’s teeth and mouth healthy starts right at birth.

Tips for Healthy Teeth!

Limit Juice - Water is Best! Juice contains a lot of sugar, your average glass of apple juice contains over 30 grams of sugar! That the same amount as a can of classic coke! I am so guilty of this, my daughter loves her Sunny Delight. I try to limit it to no more than 8 oz a day, with either lunch or supper, and only if she has finished most of her water thermos that day. I can get pretty lax with this if it is a special occasion, like when we are camping, or if it is really really hot! I do always make sure that she has drank most of her thermos.

If Giving Juice Use A Cup! When your baby is drinking from a bottle, the liquid will pool in their mouths and attack their primary teeth, leaving them more prone to cavities.

Never Let Your Baby go to Bed with Milk or Juice! The lactose in the milk will react with your baby’s saliva to destroy tooth enamel. All that sugar in the juice will sit on their teeth causing cavities.

Brush Baby’s Teeth after Giving Oral Medications! Sometimes we have to give our babies medication, it could be for teething, a fever, or antibiotics prescribed by their Doctor. Most oral medications, while very helpful, contain a lot of sucrose or sugar, this sugar will attack your baby’s teeth, so be sure to give them a good brushing or wipe down afterwards.

Don’t Add Sugar! Your baby does not need to have sugar on their oatmeal, or with their fruit! Let them explore the natural flavours that food offers to them, they will enjoy it! Sugar is an acquired taste, no one is born with a sweet tooth, but they can learn to develop one if extra sugar is regularly offered to them.

Tips for Brushing Baby Teeth!

Be Gentle and Be Comfortable! Be gentle with those tender gums! If your baby is still cutting teeth, their gums could be swollen and sore. In order to give your baby’s teeth a good brushing you both need to be comfortable. Play around with different positions until you find one that works best for both of you. When my daughter was really small, I would give her teeth a good wipe down while she was in the cradle hold. When we moved on to using a toothbrush, I would sit behind her and have her lean back onto my left shoulder. This gave me a great view of her teeth and its easy to control the toothbrush. Now that my daughter has her full set of primary teeth, she sits on her bathroom stool and I sit cross-legged in front of her and brush away.

What if my Baby Won’t Open their Mouth?

  • Monkey See - Monkey Do! Infants love to mimic their parents, sometimes all you have to do is just open up your own mouth really wide and they will copy you. An older baby can be fascinated by watching you brush your teeth, and will be willing to try it out.
  • You Brush Mine and I’ll Brush Yours! My daughter loves to brush my teeth, she will patiently sit through me brushing her teeth, if she knows that she can brush mine next.
  • Get Goofy! Sing some silly songs, make their toothbrushes talk, turn it into a game, whatever works! I have (and still do) use all of these goofy tactics, they turn this tooth brushing chore into something fun, often we are both laughing and smiling when the brushing is done!
  • Sticker Chart! Every time you child (or you) brushes their teeth, they get to put a sticker on their chart, when the chart is full, they get to pick out a new toothbrush or similar prize.
  • Use a Timer or Count! Counting up to a certain number or doing a countdown can be helpful, as your child will know that when you get to the agreed upon number, that the brushing is done. Some children just love timers and the noise they make when they go off. Get them to help you set the timer and get brushing.

Lets face it, sometimes kids can be stubborn! Don’t let brushing your babies teeth become a battleground. Have a good routine in place, and then relax! Keep it lighthearted and fun, be goofy and silly, you will be surprised at how much fun brushing your babies teeth can be!


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Fantastic tips! My daughter is such a challenge when it comes to brushing her teeth! I've found the best solution is to brush our teeth together and to show her how I am brushing my teeth so that she will mimic me. I may try the I brush your teeth you brush mine next!

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