Thursday, June 14, 2012

MAM Oral Care Products

Did you know that your supposed to clean your baby's gums before she even has teeth? I actually didn't know that until I had my second son.  I believe healthy oral hygiene starts very young. I am going to review several products from MAM Oral Care for infants and toddlers! There is something in this review for everyone with small children.

The first product I am going to tell you guys about is the Oral Care Rabbit.  How cute is this little bunny?  Its recommended that you wipe your baby's gums every day. This cloth removes plaque and bacteria from your baby's mouth gently.  It fits like a glove so you can gently massage the gums and clean them at the same time.  This is recommended for newborns and up.  These retail for $5.99.  That's a small price to pay for healthy gums for your little one.

The next product I will go over with you is the MAM Massaging Brush.  This brush massages sensitive gums and cleans first teeth.  This is a perfect introduction to a tooth brush for your baby.  It eases teething pain too. This has an extra long handle and 2 different textured ends.  So there are 2 different surfaces for your baby's gums.  This product is recommended for babies 2 months of age and up and retails for $3.99.

Now I am going to tell you about a product that I wish I had of had when my boys were at the teething age! The MAM Bite & Brush teether is perfect for little hands to grasp! And the little guys are helping clean their gums and teeth while they gum this!  The teether soft bristles soothes and cleans at the same time.  This product is recommended for babies ages 3 months and up and retails for $6.99.

Moving on to another great product is the MAM Training brush which is perfect for babies ages 4 months and up.  This is a great product to introduce your baby to a more grown up tooth brush.  It has super soft bristles on one end that clean teeth and gently remove plaque and bacteria from the gums and round head that fits perfectly in your baby's mouth.  It has a great extra long handle so that you and your baby can hold the brush at the same time and you can guide your child in going over her gums.  What a great way to start healthy brushing habits!  This product retails for $5.99

And this product is similar but is made for a more independent child.  The MAM First Brush has super soft bristles as well and features a shorter handle for small hands to maneuver.  The round head is the perfect size for the baby's mouth.  The rounded bristles gently sweep away  plague and bacteria.  Special pink bristles indicate where to put the toothpaste so your putting the right amount.  This brush is recommended for baby's 6 months and up and retails for $3.99.  

For a small price you can start encouraging healthy oral hygiene habits that will stick with your kids for a long time and hopefully save you a few trips to the dentist in the long run!  I am going to post some helpful info on Oral Care for babies. 

Oral Hygiene for Babies 0-3 years: 

-A full set of baby teeth is 20 teeth. (Fun Fact: A full set of adult teeth is 32 teeth)
-Baby's first tooth typically appears between 6-12 months and is usually a bottom tooth
-Teething symptoms can appear 2-3 months before a tooth erupts, so babies can begin teething as early as 3 months old!  Symptoms include drooling, fussiness, bulging gums, night waking and biting on everything. 
-Proper Oral Care starts before the first tooth appears.  According to the American Acedemy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), parents can begin and oral care routine at birth by gently cleaning baby's gums with a soft cloth.
-The AAPD recommends babies visit the dentist shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than the child's 1st birthday.  At the fist visit, a pediatric dentist will check for signs of early tooth decay and review proper routines and behaviors with parents. (such as not letting baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk or drinking juice from a cup instead of a bottle.)
-As soon as first tooth appears, start brushing baby's teeth without toothpaste.
-Introduce toothpaste at age 2. Remember that children are learning to spit and rinse, so only use a pea sized amount and always use a children's toothpaste.
-Once teeth are in, children should brush 2 times a day (just like adults!) Once in the morning and once in the evening.  This helps establish a good oral care routine from and early age.
-Children should use and appropriately sized tooth brush depending on age.  For children under 3 look for baby toothbrushes with extra soft bristles and rounded heads to prevent damage to the gums and tooth enamel.  Toothbrushes specially designed for this age have short, compact handles ideal for baby's small hands. 

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