Dental care for babies, toddlers, and young children is more important than you might think. At this early stage of their life, the care and attention paid to your little one's developing gums and teeth can have a significant impact on their future dental health. 

    Alex and Moo stocks a wide range of dental care products for babies and young children, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, teething gel, and even floss! Make dental hygiene a part of your child's everyday routine to set them on a positive path for the rest of their life. 

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    When Should You Start Cleaning A Baby's Mouth?

    When it comes to dental care, it's best to start early! 

    While they may not be visible, teeth develop during the gestation period, eventually breaking through a few months after birth. Before this point, the Australian Dental Association advises that parents may want to use a clean, damp washcloth to clean their little one's gums. 

    As soon as a baby's first tooth pops through the gums, they are at risk for tooth decay and other dental problems, which is why it's so important to establish good oral hygiene habits right from the start. 

    A soft-bristled toothbrush made specifically for infants can help remove harmful bacteria from their delicate gums. As your baby begins eating solid foods and their teeth continue to grow, try introducing a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You may also choose to start flossing once your little one has two teeth touching side by side. Of course, it's best to consult with your dentist before introducing any new products or dental hygiene practices.

    Starting these habits early will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Don't wait until it's too late — give your little one's smile the love and care it deserves!

    When Should A Baby Start Using Toothpaste?

    Children and adults have different dental needs and concerns, which is why it's important to use child-specific dental products.

    Take toothpaste, for example. The Australian Dental Association recommends introducing toothpaste at 18 months of age and that it should be low or free from fluoride. Alex and Moo make achieving this easy with the Jack' N' Jill Toothpaste, which is SLS-free and contains no fluoride, sugar, or artificial colours. 

    How To Care For A New Baby's Teeth

    No two babies are alike, but most parents will find that teeth start appearing between four and ten months of age. 

    Teething can cause some discomfort for babies, the classic signs of which include swollen gums, excessive drooling, crying, and difficulty sleeping. At this point, you may want to use a teething gel to help soothe discomfort. 

    As soon as a tooth appears, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist. They may recommend brushing your little one's teeth gently with a baby toothbrush to prevent bacteria from developing. As your baby grows and more teeth begin to appear, you can start introducing other products, including toothpaste and floss, in line with your dentist's recommendations.

    Taking care of those tiny teeth now sets the stage for healthy smiles in the future. Don't hesitate to ask your dentist for tips and advice on keeping those pearly whites in tip-top shape. Happy brushing!

    Shop For Baby Dental Care Products At Alex And Moo 

    Alex and Moo offer a carefully selected range of the best dental care products for your little one.

    Purchasing baby toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more from our collection is an excellent decision, as we only stock eco-friendly, high-quality products that prioritise your baby's health and that of the environment.

    Check out the complete collection of baby dental products on our website today.

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