Many parents wonder how to clean their baby’s teeth. According to my husband and dentist, Dr. Raoul Shah, you can wipe them clean with a damp cloth or you can buy FDA approved Spiffies Toothwipes which is even better! Spiffies are wipes soaked with xylitol, which is an all natural ingredient that prevents cavities by reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Spiffies were developed by Pediatrician Dr. Robert Wagner who saw the need for a product to clean a young child’s teeth because 40% of American children under the age of 6 develop a cavity. Spiffies are indiviually wrapped towelettes that can be used to clean gums and tongue, even before your baby gets teeth. They come in fun flavors of mango, apple and grape so how can your baby not love them! They are easy to use, simply wrap it around your finger and rub away (one complaint is that a sticky residue is left behind on your finger and baby’s mouth after using so be sure to wipe clean with water after use). Spiffies are designed for babies 4 months to 3 years. They are a great substitute for toddlers who hate having their teeth brushed. Spiffies are not the cheapest product but a blogger mom has a tip to cut the Spiffies wipes in half so you get two out of 1.
Excellent dental hygiene is important to start from the beginning so Spiffies are worth the investment!