How do babies get their teeth brushed

Oral hygiene in the baby

The toothless smile is the most beautiful, new mums agree. Oral hygiene is also an issue for babies so that the smile is also beautiful later on. When should babies get used to daily dental care and what is the best approach? With Ms. Univ.-Prof. Dr. We asked Katrin Bekes, Head of the Pediatric Dentistry Department at the University Dental Clinic in Vienna.

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Playful oral hygiene

Oral hygiene can be started in a playful way even before the first tooth erupts. For example, special microfiber cloths that you can put over your finger are suitable for this. This is used to carefully wipe the chewing ridges and massage the gums a little. But a clean washcloth can also be used. Babies often find this very interesting and just suckle or bite on it. Playful care can begin shortly after the birth. Since the first teeth erupt between the 6th and 7th month, it is a very short period of time in which the baby should have his mouth cleaned in this way. The focus is on getting used to dental care. If the first tooth appears, a special baby toothbrush can be used.

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Does my baby need toothpaste?

Toothpaste is only used from the first tooth. If the child is not given fluoride tablets, a small amount of children's toothpaste containing fluoride should be used once a day. It is best to clean the milk teeth in the evening with children's toothpaste and in the morning only with water. After brushing their teeth, the child is not allowed to eat or drink anything. From the age of 2, the toothpaste can then be used twice a day. Children who receive fluoride tablets should only brush with a non-fluoride toothpaste until they are three years old. Seek advice from your doctor.

Why is the care of milk teeth so important?

The milk teeth will fall out at some point, but should still remain free of caries. Why? You have important tasks to perform. On the one hand they are necessary so that the food can be chopped up well, on the other hand they serve as placeholders for the teeth that follow. If the incisors have to be removed because they are broken, this is not only a problem for aesthetic reasons; Children without incisors can develop speech disorders because they cannot make certain sounds properly. If tooth damage occurs, decayed milk teeth must be treated in order to lay the foundation for permanent caries-free teeth.

When should the child go to the dentist for the first time?

Prof. Bekes recommends the first visit to the dentist from the very first tooth. It is mainly about educational work. This gives parents valuable tips on how tooth decay occurs, how to properly care for the small teeth and what to look out for in terms of nutrition. Keeping children's teeth healthy is one of the most important prerequisites for good oral health in the permanent set of teeth. Targeted caries prophylaxis can prevent painful consequences. That way, the beautiful smile can be kept for a long time.

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Interview with Ms. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katrin Bekes, Head of the Pediatric Dentistry Department at the University Dental Clinic in Vienna

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