A few days after birth itself, baby’s oral cavity should be cleaned with a warm wet sterile gauge piece.
At 3 or 4 months when the baby’s gum starts preparing for teething, a silicone finger stalk and a suitable flouride free sls free and preservative free gum gel can be used to gently massage the irritated gums.
I am using chicco gum gel and mee mee finger brush for this purpose.
Chicco gum gel contains xylitol and chamomile.
Xylitol is a sugar which can't be used by bacteria for energy harvesting, thereby preventing bacterial growth and reproduction. So it acts as an anti bacterial without affecting the normal bacterial flora of the mouth which is essential.
Chamomile helps to soothe the irritated gums.
Just a pea sized amount of the gel is enough. Take it on the soft bristles of the finger stalk amd gently massage the gums in small circular motion.
And with the back of the brush clean the tongue with light pressure. Even the bristle can be used to clean the tongue. Those bristles are too soft to cause any injury.
This can be done routinely twice a day, once after waking up and once at bedtime. This practice will instil a good habit of brushing the teeth twice a day from the beginning itself. It will be a normal practice as they grow up, they won't have to be taught about it anymore.
And good gum care will give rise to healthy, cavity free and proper eruption of milk teeth set.
Other than that, whenever baby is excessively irritated and wants to gnaw on anything, it can be simply massaged on the gums with bare fingers for instant soothing.
Chicco has age appropriate gels for 4+, 6+, and 12+.
But its better to continue with the 4+ gel until the baby gets one or two teeth.
Don't forget to sterilise the finger stalk with warm water after each use. Clean it with any suitable baby liquid detergent twice a week to keep the finget stalk germ free.
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