It’s never too soon to start brushing baby’s teeth.
In fact, you should have your child in the habit of brushing long before their first teeth even arrive.
How do you brush baby teeth, especially if no teeth have come in yet?
Cleaning Infant Mouths
From the very first day your baby starts feeding, it’s time to start cleaning her mouth.
Use a clean soft cloth dampened with a little warm water to gently swab out your child’s mouth. Pay attention to wiping their gums. This regular massage will feel good on your little one’s tissues when the teeth do start coming through, and will make it easier to introduce her to a toothbrush later on.
Brushing the First Teeth
Start using an infant toothbrush once the first tooth shows up. Baby brushes have small heads with very soft bristles and a handle that’s easy for mom and dad to hold onto.
All teeth, even those very first baby teeth, need fluoride. Use just a tiny smear of children’s fluoride toothpaste, no more than a rice grain-sized amount.
Gently scrub your baby’s teeth. It’s okay if you can’t get the most thorough brushing in while she’s still small. The important thing is your child is getting used to brushing and her teeth are getting the fluoride they need to resist decay.
Visit a Pediatric Dentist
Take your child to a pediatric or family dentist by the time she is a year old or has her first tooth. At this first dental visit, the dentist will check for developmental problems and give you more tips on keeping your child’s smile healthy right from the very start.
Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
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