Okay, you just became a parent and you have A LOT going on! It probably takes you a couple of weeks (or months) to realize that you might need to be taking care of your baby’s teeth, er, gums! Or maybe you’ve been on it from day one! Either way, we have some questions that may have crossed your mind.
When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
Mouth care can begin from day one! Your baby might not have teeth yet, but you can start by washing your baby’s gums with a soft washcloth after feeding.
Once you see some teeth, start brushing twice a day with a small smear of baby or training toothpaste. Make sure that it’s safe to swallow and that you use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
When do I take my baby to the dentist?
It’s recommended to take your baby to the dentist before their first birthday OR after their first tooth appears, depending on which one comes first!
Do I need to floss my child’s teeth?
Yes! It’s pretty common to think that mouth care isn’t a big deal for kids because they will lose those teeth anyway! BUT, it is!
As soon as your kiddos teeth touch, you should start flossing.
Here are some flossing benefits:
- It’s a great dance move (just kidding)!
- Polishes tooth surfaces
- Helps with bad breath
- Removes debris that sticks in between teeth, on teeth, or under the gums
Make it part of their routine from a young age and they will be more likely to continue doing it.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
It’s recommended to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months OR sooner if the bristles are frayed.
What toothpaste is the best?
At Wink Naturals, we pay attention to ingredients! The good stuff and the bad stuff.
Sometimes it’s easier to point out what to avoid:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): a known Endocrine Disrupting Chemical (EDC) and skin tissue irritant that can cause canker sores (ouch)
- Poly Micro Beads: Small plastic beads that are a harsh abrasive and destructive to the environment
- Artificial Dyes or Flavors: Unnatural colorings or flavors derived from harsh chemicals
- Preservatives: Unnatural ingredients that can be harsh on mouth tissue as well
- Any warnings of ingredients that are unsafe to swallow
An amazing ingredient to look for would be Xylitol! There is lots of research backing up the long-term benefits of xylitol and how it can help reduce decay and crumbling of teeth.
A toothpaste that excludes those bad ingredients and includes Xylitol would be something worth smiling over!
How does toothpaste work?
Toothpaste without brushing is only half the equation. The magic happens when you find the right toothpaste and brush correctly.
Brushing with toothpaste can work to remove leftover food and bacteria that grow on your teeth, which over time can cause cavities, gum disease, and more.
A good toothpaste will clean and polish teeth (remove stains over time) and might even freshen up your breath.
Some words you might hear when it comes to toothpaste are abrasives (like hydrated silica), whitening (also hydrated silica), and foams (like Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate not to be confused with the bad SLS).
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your pearly whites twice a day for two minutes each time. It’s also recommended to floss daily, use mouthwash, drink lots of H2O and to schedule regular dental checkups for x-rays and cleanings.
Now, get out there and dump the trashy toothpaste and replace it with the good stuff!