Most babies start developing teeth between six and 12 months of age. However, concerns regarding tooth decay begin even before the first tooth erupts. A child’s mouth contains billions of bacteria that can contribute to cavities. Cleaning the gums and teeth fights bad bacterial growth and helps children become accustomed to having their mouths cleaned. Teeth wipes have been found effective in cleaning babies’ teeth and gums along with regular brushing habits.
What are Baby Teeth Wipes?
Teeth wipes are soft, disposable wipes formulated with a unique texture to gently cleanse a baby’s delicate gums and teeth. These wipes help to establish an early oral health routine and can be used before switching to a toothbrush.
A clinical study presented by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) found a connection between the use of tooth wipes and the reduction of plaque levels. Baby teeth wipes were also found to be safe and highly accepted by babies.
How Baby Teeth Wipes Work
Many brands of baby teeth wipes claim to be safe for newborns and can be used effectively in addition to daily oral hygiene habits. Parents can help remove bacteria by gently wiping the gums, teeth, tongue, and cheeks after each meal or feeding.
When choosing baby teeth wipes, check the list of ingredients. Many teeth wipes are formulated with natural Xylitol to help fight decay-causing bacteria. The wipes may also contain additives like natural chamomile to soothe sore gums caused by teething.
Contact Sunshine Smiles
After the first tooth erupts or before turning one, whichever comes first, bring your child to see a children’s dentist. Our Viera pediatric dentists generally recommend checkups at least every six months to maintain good oral health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our Brevard pediatric dental office at Sunshine Smiles.