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Keeping Baby’s Teeth Clean and Cavity Free

Hello Products has provided me to with product to facilitate this review, along with compensation for my time and effort in creating this content. As always, all opinions are my own.

Many parents still believe that baby teeth aren’t a big deal because they will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent ones, this however couldn’t be further from the truth. Aside from helping baby talk and chew, baby teeth are vital to preserving space for the permanent teeth that will grow in. Not taking care of baby teeth can lead to decay and gum infection which can eventually lead to affecting their permanent teeth. Caring for your baby’s teeth should begin as soon as they start growing in, but don’t fret, it’s not as hard as you may think.

After every feeding, take a wet, warm washcloth and lightly wipe off baby’s gums. To help keep their teeth clean and cavity free as they’re growing in, never let your little one go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. A baby nursing on their bottle for a long period of time can lead to cavities due to the sugar that lingers from their drink. After baby is finished drinking, remove the bottle from their sleep space and proceed to wipe the residue off of their gums. Also be sure to give your baby a drink of water after every meal to easily wash food off of their gums and teeth.

 

By the age of two, all of your child’s baby teeth will most likely have grown in. It’s definitely time to start brushing twice a day. Make sure to use a soft, but sturdy toothbrush to clean your baby’s teeth and a rice-sized portion/smear of toothpaste on the brush if using a fluoride toothpaste for a child under 3 years of age. You can use a more generous amount if using a non-fluoride toothpaste. There are several toothpastes formulated for babies. We personally enjoy Hello.

Being that we are about that crunchy life, we love buying natural toothpastes for the kids and have actually started doing the same for ourselves. For several months, Hello has been our toothpaste of choice for the entire family. All of their toothpastes are free of dyes, parabens, artificial sweeteners, triclosan, and microbeads. They also offer flouride-free options, which we are currently using on baby Akilah’s teeth.

Since babies are more likely to swallow toothpaste, brushing with a fluoride free toothpaste until the age of 3 is recommended. Excessive swallowing of fluoride can make babies sick. For this reason, there are even smaller amounts of fluoride in children’s toothpastes today, but it’s still our responsibility as parents to monitor fluoride intake.

In addition to practicing good brushing habits, it’s also important to start establishing a relationship between your baby and a dentist. The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a baby should get their first dental exam at the age of 1 or when their first tooth begins to grow in. This is something that’s on our to-do as our pediatrician recently reminded us to set up an appointment.

Taking good care of your baby’s first set of teeth can ensure good oral health in your child from infancy and beyond. Hello makes it easy.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee

    I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but I would definitely love to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing about this brand.

    View Comment March 8, 2017 at 3:59 PM
  • Reply Lynndee

    It is very important to take care of our baby’s teeth. I made sure to take good care of our son’s teeth when he was a baby and it totally paid off because he made it a habit and now that he’s a teen, he’s got a nice set of teeth.

    View Comment March 6, 2017 at 9:48 AM
  • Reply E H

    So cute, looks like your little one is really enjoying her tooth brushing time with these products! I love the flavors of this toothpaste, I will see if I can find it online next time I am looking for toothpaste for my toddler!

    View Comment March 5, 2017 at 9:12 PM
  • Reply uprunforlife

    We have not tried this brand yet. I have tried to keep my kids on a strict scheduled at bedtime, which includes brushing teeth.

    View Comment March 5, 2017 at 9:07 PM
  • Reply Eloise

    I was considering using the Hello brand for my kids! I’m all about clean teeth and teaching my kids how to properly clean those white pearls of theirs : )

    View Comment March 5, 2017 at 3:39 PM
  • Reply R U S S

    This has been informative – gum infection, gum problems are things that could be prevented early on. I can’t stress enough on the importance of good oral hygiene. It’s great that there are products / brands like Hello for babies.

    View Comment March 5, 2017 at 4:03 AM
  • Reply Ali Rost

    I passed your post along to my daughter. She’s always looking for products that are healthy to use for my grandsons

    View Comment March 5, 2017 at 12:40 AM
  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot

    Hello is really great. I love that it is all natural. I also love that it is flouride free. A product I would use and recommend.

    View Comment March 4, 2017 at 11:05 PM
  • Reply Victoria Heckstall

    This is really perfect for my nieces and nephews, I’m going to try Hello Brand.

    View Comment March 4, 2017 at 8:08 PM
  • Reply My Teen Guide

    I’ve never heard Hello Brand, ut it looks perfect for my kids, they will lvoe it for sure.

    View Comment March 4, 2017 at 8:06 PM
  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia

    I wil have to pick up some Hello products. It is so important to take care of your little ones teeth. It is good to start healthy habits early.

    View Comment March 4, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  • Reply Dogvills

    Teaching kids about proper dental care at a very young age is important. I would love for my granddaughters to try this brand.

    View Comment March 4, 2017 at 12:42 AM
  • Reply Shannon Graham

    I literally just saw this brand for the first time at the store the other day. I bought it, of course. I love supporting companies that don’t test on animals.

    View Comment March 3, 2017 at 7:59 PM
  • Reply Louise Bishop

    Oh my lands, I LOVE Hello products! They are much better than other products we’ve used.

    View Comment March 3, 2017 at 7:58 PM
  • Reply Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

    Wow look at those cute little teeth! I am glad you are starting good habits young!

    View Comment March 3, 2017 at 5:52 PM
  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    It’s so important to get kids used to the idea of brushing as soon as possible. Good habits now mean healthy teeth for life.

    View Comment March 3, 2017 at 2:02 PM
  • Reply Lala @ Our Kind of Beautiful

    Ok, I just had to say yep…we love that brand too but look at sweet baby girls hair. It’s growing leaps and bounds. Oh my word! Gorgeous puddin pop and cute little chompers!

    View Comment February 17, 2017 at 8:26 PM
  • Reply Aaronica Cole

    We love the “Hello” brand! That’s all we use around here!!

    And my girls curls are POPPIN!!!!

    View Comment February 15, 2017 at 10:08 PM
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