MAM is Bringing Awareness to National Children’s Oral Health Month!
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There are a lot of teeth in my family to take care of. Val and Gabriella see the dentist regularly and Anthony will shortly be next as he is getting more and more teeth each month. Getting each child to be excited about tooth care isn’t always easy and I remember having several questions and concerns with my first born not knowing where to start when it came to her tiny baby teeth.
February is National Children’s Oral Health Month. Developed in conjunction with health practitioners and developmental psychologists, MAM’s innovative oral care collection helps maintain baby’s oral health from birth and beyond. Like all MAM products the oral care collection in BPA-Free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-compliant.
Here are some common questions about children’s oral care:
How to clean the inside of baby’s mouth?
Contrary to popular belief, proper oral care for baby should begin before the first tooth appears. The AAPD suggests parents gently wipe the inside of baby’s mouth and gums with a clean, soft cloth regularly to remove germs and leftover milk.
When to start using a toothbrush with baby?
As soon as teeth appear, start brushing two times a day with an age-appropriate toothbrush to gently remove plaque and bacteria. Look for brushes designed just for babies that have rounded heads and super-soft bristles.
When to start using toothpaste with baby?
When children reach the age of two, parents can use a pea-size amount of children’s toothpaste. Look for toothbrushes that feature indicator bristles to help determine the correct amount of toothpaste for little ones and use a toothbrush that allows mom and baby to hold the handle together for guided brushing. (The AAPD also recommends a smear of fluoride toothpaste for children under two who are at-risk for tooth decay. Health care professionals and pediatric dentists can help parents determine if baby is at-risk.)
MAM Massaging Brush (3+ months) Baby’s perfect introduction to the toothbrush, the MAM Massaging Brush features different surfaces to gently massage little one’s gums while easing teething pain and cleaning teeth. Its extra-long handle is made for parent and baby to hold together for guided brushing. Suggested retail price: $3.99.
MAM Training Brush (6+ months) The MAM Training Brush features a round head that adapts perfectly to baby’s mouth. Soft bristles clean first teeth and gently remove plaque and bacteria from gums. An extra-long handle allows parent and baby to brush together for guided brushing. Suggested retail price: $5.99.
MAM First Brush (6+ months) Little ones can brush their teeth just like Mom/Dad with the MAM First Brush. Its short, compact handle is ideal for baby’s tiny hands. Its round head adapts perfectly to baby’s mouth and soft, rounded bristles clean teeth while removing plaque and bacteria. In addition, the brush’s head features helpful indicator bristles in red to help parents determine the correct amount of toothpaste. Suggested retail price: $3.99.
MAM Learn to Brush Set (6+ months) The MAM Learn to Brush Set includes 2 brushes: one with a long handle for baby and parent to brush together and one with a short and compact handle for children that have learned independent brushing. Red bristles indicate the proper amount of toothpaste to use. The brushes feature soft, rounded bristles which clean first teeth and remove plaque and bacteria. Suggested retail price: $7.99.
I hope this information is helpful as you establish an oral care routine early which helps set the stage for a lifetime of good dental hygiene!