Taking care of your babies teeth is another very important part of raising them. Inculcating good oral hygiene and making them understand the importance of the same. Here is our experience of almost 3 years of taking care of two sets of milk teeth. What to expect at every milestone and how to deal with brushing tantrums.
My girls sprouted their very first tooth as early as 6 months. One of my babies bit her grandma and she screamed so loudly, I ran out of the room just to check if everything is ok? When we looked closely we saw a jagged white edge peeking out of her gums. Woohooo a tooth. A big milestone! The other one followed soon enough with a difference of a week or two.
One of the cutest phases for sure! When babies have just two top teeth or two bottom teeth. Or both. Make sure you always have your phone ready to snap some memorable pictures. Around this time we had also started introducing solid food, so we took a soft, moist muslin cloth and gently wiped their front teeth. Since they were just a few teeth, it didn’t take much time or effort and they co-operated as well because it wasn’t that intrusive.
Around 10th month, I found finger toothbrushes online and ordered them. It had soft plastic bristles with a space to insert your finger so it’s easy to maneuver inside the babies small mouth. The babies loved chewing on the bristles but it didn’t save my fingers from a lot of biting. Many times I found myself going back to the muslin cloth.
We bought their very first J&J toothbrushes and Colgate toothpaste with Spiderman splattered on it. Well, Barbie was out of stock! Turns out they loved Spiderman and it led to an obsession which still continues. We gave them a pea sized toothpaste and demonstrated how its done, but somehow Sabar just ate the paste like a candy and asked for more and Sehaj just chewed the soul of that brush. It did not work out the way we predicted and was a downfall from there.
Around this time they knew exactly what is a brush and toothpaste. Mostly they were super excited to brush but sometimes Maninder and me, found ourselves running behind them to brush. They could maneuver the brush easily to clean the front ones but found it a little difficult to reach the ones at the back. And when we offered to help, we obviously faced a lot of resistance. There were times we could visually see the plaque on their teeth and even bribe (not suggesting) them with candy. Ironic, isn’t it? But the point is eventually the battle was won and the teeth were clean.
By this time, the whole brushing process got much easier and they even understood the concept of gargling with water. The toothpaste intake reduced drastically which made me very happy. At this age, they got obsessed with doing everything themselves, which sounds great but makes things a lot more difficult to manage. Lots of cleanups, water-soaked T-shirts, water spills and toothpaste falling all over the place. But it’s a process and they have to go through that in order to learn and improve their motor skills. Don’t loose your cool and just roll with it.
They brush every day!
If we forget( or get lazy in other words) they remind us.
*PARENTAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MONTH
Few things to keep in mind.
Look at your babies teeth, visually looking at them will give you a lot of insight on the hygiene and oral health.
If you bottle feed your baby try to switch to a cup after a year. Our girls left bottle at 1.5 years. It is one of the main causes of decay in milk teeth.
Brushing at night is essential (We know that’s hard but we got to do it)
Avoid aerated drinks, it’s the only thing which is never stocked in our refrigerator. They have tasted it by the hands of grandma (always overrides the parental authority by default). But we are trying to avoid it for as long as we can.
Chocolates and sweets in moderation.