Have you ever wondered when it is appropriate to begin caring for your baby’s teeth? Well, in fact, you can begin to care for your baby’s oral health even before your child’s teeth appear:
You can start caring for your baby’s gums right away. But at first, the care won’t involve a toothbrush and toothpaste. Instead, take these steps:
- Get a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze.
- Gently wipe down your baby’s gums at least twice a day.
- Especially wipe your baby’s gums after feedings and before bedtime.
This will wash off bacteria and prevent them from clinging to your baby’s gums. Bacteria can leave behind a sticky plaque that damages infant teeth as they erupt.
When the first baby teeth start to pop up, you can graduate to a toothbrush.
Choose one with a:
- soft brush
- small head
- large handle
At first, just wet the toothbrush. At around age 1, you can start using a pea-sized amount of a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Wait to introduce fluoride toothpaste until your child is at least 2 years old. Brush gently all around your child’s baby teeth — front and back.
Also, be on the lookout for cavities. If you experience no problems, you should still begin seeing a pediatric dentist by after your child’s first birthday:
Even if there isn’t a problem, your child should go for his or her first pediatric dentist visit by age 1. The dentist can give you advice about:
baby tooth care
If you have any questions about pediatric dental care or your child’s oral health, please call us. We do pediatric dentistry and would be pleased to make an appointment and discuss your child’s dental and oral health needs with you at your convenience.
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