Whether your baby has their first tooth or no teeth yet, it is never too early to start caring for their oral and dental health. In order to ensure they will have a healthy smile for years to come, keep their gums healthy, and establish good oral habits as soon as possible.
Caring for Your Baby’s Gums
Though your baby might have teeth yet, it is important to keep their gums healthy and ready to support their teeth. After feeding your child, make sure to clean their gums by wrapping one finger in a clean, damp washcloth and gently rub their gums with your finger. This is help clean your little one’s gums so that bacteria will not build on their gums.
Your Baby’s First Tooth
Most babies get their first tooth around six months of age, though it does vary. No matter the case, make sure to upgrade their toothbrush to a small, soft-bristled head and very gently brush their teeth.
At this stage, toothpaste is not necessary; a wet toothbrush will do just fine.
Brushing with Toothpaste
When your baby begins to get more teeth, you can start to use a very small amount of toothpaste when brushing. When looking for the right toothpaste for your baby, make sure you are choosing one without fluoride.
How to Avoid Cavities
Limit the amount of sugary foods and beverages your child consumes. Even the natural sugars in juice, formula, and milk, can cause cavities which is why it is so important to brush your child’s teeth after they eat.
We recommend that you bring your child in with you whenever you are coming in for your checkups so they can become familiar with the environment, that why when they are old enough, they will not be scared.
We also recommend that you schedule their first appointment around the time of their first birthday. Tooth decay can occur even in the smallest teeth, and we want to make sure your child will have their smile happy and healthy for a very long time.
Set a Good Example
Monkey see monkey do. Children learn so much at a young age, and forming habits can be so easy at this time in their lives. That is why it is best to steer them in the right direction. Brush and floss together every day so that they become accustomed to healthy oral hygiene. This will ensure they make these habits and keep them forever.