Tooth development in your baby starts before he or she is even born. From the moment your precious bundle reaches your arms, it’s your responsibility to give your child a foundation for a healthy smile. How do you get started?
Before the Teeth Show Up
Even as a wee thing, your baby should have his or her mouth cleaned on a regular basis. After each feeding, gently wipe down your child’s gums with a piece of moist, soft cloth. No toothpaste, please!
As you do this, your baby will get accustomed to the concept of having his or her mouth cleaned. It will also feel good on sore gums when the first teeth start arriving!
Cleaning Those First Pearly Whites
From the time the first baby tooth erupts, you can switch to an infant toothbrush. Be cautious about using toothpaste. You need to watch out how much fluoride small children have in their mouths. Ask your dentist for recommendations tailored to your child’s needs.
Bring your baby in for their first dental exam by about the age of 1. Your dentist will make sure all teeth are coming in as they should and that no other problems are present.
When to Introduce Brushing
Baby teeth are essential as placeholders for their adult successors. It’s important to keep them clean! By around age 3 you might start teaching your child how to hold and use a toothbrush. Even after this, you should continue to supervise their brushing habits and make sure they aren’t ingesting too much toothpaste.
For more tips on safe and effective oral hygiene for your baby, call your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
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