4 Tips For Taking Care of Your Baby’s Teeth

by Elizabeth Peters September 12, 2016

4 Tips For Taking Care of Your Baby’s Teeth

A very common misconception amidst first-time parents is that the first set of teeth of their child is not as important as the second set of teeth. However, the truth is that baby teeth are used to serve many purposes, and should be taken care of efficiently until the adult set of teeth begin to show.

In order to prevent tooth decay and bleeding gums of your infant, you need to make sure that you take certain preventive measures to keep your baby’s teeth strong and healthy. However, most parents are not familiar with what they have to do in order to prevent the number of different issues they might face regarding the teeth of their baby.

Here are a few tips to help get you started:

Caring for Your Baby’s Gums:

First, you need to make sure that you take adequate care of your baby’s gums. In order to do this, you do not have to buy any toothpaste or toothbrush. Simply take a soft washcloth and use it as gauze to clean your baby’s gums at least twice a day – commonly after a meal or before bedtime. This will help in wiping off the bacteria and preventing it from sticking to the gums.


The process where your baby’s teeth start showing, within the first two years of your baby’s birth, is called teething. During teething your baby may feel very irritated and in pain.

Symptoms such as swollen gums, drooling gums, or a higher than normal temperature means that your baby may be going through the process of teething. In such cases, make sure to provide your baby a soft teething ring, rub your baby’s gums with clean fingers, or use pain relievers made especially for infants.

Preventing Cavities:

In order to make sure that you are protecting your baby’s teeth from cavities, you need to make sure that you fill your baby’s bottle with one of the following three things.

  • Water
  • Breast Milk
  • Formula

Make sure that you avoid offering your baby or toddler sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, or any other sort of sugary drinks in order to prevent cavities from clinging to your baby’s teeth.

Choose the Right Tools:

In order to take good care of your baby’s teeth, you need to find adequate tools – which normally simply consist of toothpaste and a toothbrush. For the first set of baby teeth a long handled and short-headed toothbrush, with soft bristles, is the best option you have. You do not have to use toothpaste at first but if you decide to do so make sure to use toothpaste made specifically for infants with a minimal amount of fluoride.

Final Verdict:

The first set of teeth your baby grows is one of the most important and sensitive part of your baby’s body. If not taken care of efficiently, the baby teeth may suffer from a cavity attack, which can eventually lead to a weak foundation for the second set of teeth your baby will grow.

Moreover, this can result into a number of different gum infections and teeth disorders in the future. In order to prevent this, you need to make sure that you take effective care of your baby’s first set of baby teeth and set them up for good dental hygiene habits later in life.

Elizabeth Peters
Elizabeth Peters


Elizabeth Peters is a mother of two and freelance writer who specializes in the parenting/family niche. When she is not writing for clients she can be found blogging about parenting on her own blog at TheMommyVortex.com. She currently resides in Alabama with her husband and two young children. Connect with her on Twitter: @themommyvortex

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