Caring for Your Child’s Gums
By getting a clean washcloth wet with water, and rubbing it across their gums, you can pick up any debris left behind from whatever liquid your child is drinking. Both breast milk and formula are slightly sweet, meaning the natural sugars can go a long way towards harming those developing teeth if left to sit there. When you clean up the gums with a washcloth, you remove those sugars from the mouth. This lets the developing teeth beneath the gums come in properly, and most importantly, come in healthy.
If you aren’t quite sure what approach to use, contact your child’s pediatric dentist and ask them. They may tell you that you want to let them chew on it, or they may tell you how often each day this practice should be done. Typically, you should do this twice per day, just like you brush your teeth, but each child’s mouth is slightly different. Chewing on the washcloth can also help put rough pressure on the gums, alleviating a lot of the pain that comes with teething. This can bring about a sense of relief for your child, and help you make it through that rough patch a bit easier. For more information, talk to their dentist at your child’s next appointment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at 971-470-0045.