As a new parent there is a lot to learn about how to help your child grow healthy and strong. When it comes to dental health, you might be delighted to learn that oral care for your baby does not have to be difficult or even time consuming. It’s actually quite simple. It is important, though. To make sure you understand how to best care for your baby’s smile, talk with your preventive dentist about the simple steps that can help keep your child’s oral health on track as he or she grows!
What Can You Do to Keep Your Baby’s Smile Healthy?
Even before baby’s first tooth is visible, there is still a need to prevent what is called baby bottle tooth decay. To do so, after feedings gently wipe your baby’s gums clean with a clean damp cloth. This simple act can help prevent sugars and bacteria from remaining on the gums, which can cause irritation and inflammation. Never putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or formula can also help prevent early decay.
When your baby’s first tooth erupts, it is then time to begin tooth brushing. Initially, you do not even need to use toothpaste. Instead, simply choose a baby-sized toothpaste, one that is approved by the American Dental Association, to gently brush baby’s tooth, and later teeth.
Around baby’s first birthday, it is then time to take your child for his or her first dental visit.
This first preventive appointment is key to getting more detailed instructions about how to protect your child’s oral health, moving forward, including when to introduce toothpaste.