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The Importance of Cleaning Teeth and Gums

Posted by: Sharmila Rajah Post(s) by this blogger

Shamindra has no teeth. However, we wipe Shamindra's gums every night before he sleeps. We use a soft cloth so that he is used to having his mouth/ gums cleaned.

It's important to start doing so early on because:

- since the gums hold a place for the permanent teeth, it's good to take care of them.

- it instills good dental habits early on.

Once those pearly whites start to sprout, a combination of wiping and brushing (with a finger tooth brush) is how we will clean his teeth. Cleaning after meals and before bedtime will be the order of the day.

No toothpaste is necessary. However you could use one that's formulated for infants and toddlers that doesn't contain fluoride. Biotene First Teeth comes highly recommended (it's the one we used for Ayanna as well). My only gripe is that it is pricey (RM25) but using just a tiny bit everytime ensures that it lasts.

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