The birth of a newborn baby brings joy, fear, and a wealth of other emotions to parents. You have so much on your mind and don’t want to forget anything when it comes to caring for the new addition to your family. Perhaps one thing you haven’t thought of yet is how to take care of the baby’s mouth and, later, teeth! Let us give you a helping hand with an overview of infant dental care.
Keep the Gums and Teeth Clean
Before the baby teeth start erupting, parents should clean the infant’s gums every day to remove lingering formula and prevent bacteria build-up. Use a soft cloth moistened with warm water or a specially designed infant gum massager. Once the teeth start popping up, you may begin brushing the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a tiny smear of child-safe fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. You may increase the amount to a pea size once the child has grown to be a toddler of 2.
As teeth start setting, you can take steps to ensure your infant’s dental health by keeping a close eye on their diet. Avoid giving a bottle of juice to the infant at bedtime, as this may encourage tooth decay. Try to only give juice at meal times so that eating can naturally rinse away the sugary liquid. If your baby must have a bottle at bedtime, fill it with water.
When Should My Baby Start Seeing A Dentist?
Teeth will start to grow in your infant’s mouth at about the age of 6 months, and will continue to grow until the age of 3. Your baby should start seeing a pediatric dentist when you notice tooth buds protruding from your baby’s gums. A pediatric dentist will perform a preventative check-up on everything they can see and check the tooth and bite alignment if the baby sucks their fingers. By taking these steps at the beginning, you are helping your infant embark on a lifetime of healthy oral care.
Ready to Smile?
If you need a little extra help making sure you are brushing your teeth properly or just want to know which tube of toothpaste is right for you, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.