I know a lot of people look at baby’s toothbrushes not as necessities but as cute accessories that they can opt to use or not to use. After all, babies eat less food than we do and they do not even go for the bad stuff like candy or other food that can cause tooth decay. However, this is where I will correct you and say that your baby’s first toothbrush really does matter.
Baby’s First Toothbrush is… A Wash Cloth!
When babies are born, most of them do not have teeth but they still do need dental care. Their gums and tongue need to be cleaned using a soft and damp wash cloth. It is really a simple process that should take no more than a few minutes and this is just to make sure that any milk (breast or formula) is removed so bacteria and germs do not have the chance to fester. There are some “toothbrush” alternatives that you can use in place of a wash cloth and they have very soft and short bristles but you get the idea.
A gentle rub-a-dub-dub along the gums and tongue and presto—you are good to go. As your baby grows and his teeth emerges, you will move on to a toothbrush with actual bristles like the ones on adult toothbrushes but softer so that your baby’s gums and teeth do not get hurt or become abraded. Your kid might clamp his jaw shut at this point but I urge you to be very persistent at this so that you can establish a regular routine for the child.
Baby teeth might fall out but they serve very important functions; they “reserve” spaces for permanent teeth later on and they also ensure that your baby learns to speak properly.