Something I didn’t realize with my first baby is how important oral health is even for infants. I thought that you didn’t need to worry about until after their teeth broke through. Turns out – that’s not entirely accurate!
According to Eileen Olderog-Hermiston, dental hygenist, in a Q&A with MAM this is a common belief. She says:
“I think one of the biggest misconceptions out there is that oral care starts after the eruption of baby’s first tooth. Proper oral care begins at birth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends gently cleaning baby’s gum with a soft cloth and water.”
What I learned from MAM is that even from birth I should be cleaning the gums of my baby on a daily basis. Once a tooth appears – usually around a year old for my kiddos although most baby’s get their teeth sooner – a twice-daily brushing is needed. Most children’s toothbrushes you see in the big box stores aren’t designed for little mouths. MAM has a soft bristled brush that is specifically designed for small baby mouths.
When it comes to the other dreaded aspect of babies and teeth – teething – MAM has something to say about that also.
“Typical teething symptoms include excessive drooling, irritability, trouble sleeping, ear rubbing and the instinct to chew or suck on everything. Offer baby a chilled teether or gently massage their gums to help distract and soothe them. MAM makes a variety of lightweight teethers that are BPA and phthalate-free.”
Personally I love the MAM cooler teether (I hadn’t had a chance to try them all yet!) because it has a variety of textures and is cool to soothe the baby’s gums and help numb them a little.
MAM Oral Care Packet Giveaway – Value $105!
MAM is offering an Oral Care Prize Pack for one reader that will include the following items:
- 4 Oral Care Rabbits
- 2 MAM Massaging Brushes
- 1 MAM Training Brushes
- 2 MAM First Brushes
- 2 MAM Learn to Brush Sets
- 2 Started Teether & Clips
- 2 Bite and Brush Teethers
- 2 Cooler Teethers
- 2 Twister Teethers
MANDATORY – To enter, visit MAM website and check out the products available. Leave a comment telling which is your favorite and why!
Extra Entries (Can only be completed after the mandatory entry has been finished):
- Follow MAM Baby on Twitter (leave a comment)
- Follow Untrained Housewife on Twitter (leave a comment)
- Tweet about this giveaway “Win an Oral Care Pack worth more than $100 from @MAMBaby and @UntrainedHW http://bit.ly/MAMCare” (One per day – leave a comment)
This giveaway will end November 25, 2011 at 11:59pm. Eligible for US residents, 18 years and over. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. MAM sent me an Oral Care Package to try and review with my own children and we had a Cooler Teether with our last baby and it was his favorite.