From feedings and changing diapers to bathing and their overall health, new parents have a lot to learn. Proper oral care might not be top of mind, but those primary teeth will be here before you know it. Aurora Dental Care has 5 quick tips to help you take care of your baby’s oral health, and shed some light on the importance of childhood dental care.
1. Clean Your Child’s Mouth – Before Their Teeth Come In
Even before their teeth erupt, taking care of your child’s mouth and oral health is important. After feeding, whether breastfeeding or bottlefeeding, it’s best to take a clean cloth or gauze and wipe your child’s gums clean. This helps prevent buildup of bacteria which could result in infection. Start a good habit, and clean your child’s mouth at least twice a day. The best times will be after feedings and before bedtime.
2. Once You See A Tooth, Make An Appointment
New parents may not be aware that their child’s first dental appointment should be within the first 6 months of the first primary tooth eruption. Primary teeth begin erupting from 6-12 months of age. So as long as their first check-up happens before the first year, you’ll be in great shape.
Seeing a dentist like Dr. Tuanh Smith or Dr. Martin early will help familiarize your baby with dental care, and decrease any potential anxiety about going to the dentist.
3. Infants Should See The Dentist Every 6 Months – Just Like Adults
Everyone should see their dentist every 6 months – even your baby. Regular dental visits that start early help dentists understand the development of your child’s teeth, and ensure that the teething process is progressing properly – and without complications.
4. Brushing Begins As Soon As Their Teeth Erupt
Once your child’s teeth have erupted, it’s important to establish a healthy brushing regimen. Pick a baby toothbrush with a large handle, a small head and very soft bristles.
When only one or two teeth have erupted, you can simply wet the toothbrush and scrub. Once multiple teeth are present, it’s time to switch to a baby-safe toothpaste with a low level of fluoride. Use a small “smear” about the size of a grain of rice.
At age 3, you can upgrade to a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, as your child will start learning how to rinse and spit, and can avoid swallowing the toothpaste.
5. Proper Diet Is Essential To Avoid Tooth Decay
Improper feeding can cause serious tooth decay in children. Things like leaving your child with a bottle of formula or milk for hours, or giving them juice and other sugary drinks when they could be drinking water, contribute to early childhood tooth decay.
Discuss proper dietary habits with your dentist, and make sure that you follow their recommendations to keep your child’s mouth healthy.
New Parent? Call The Experts At Aurora Dental Care!
Whether you’re in Seattle, Greenwood or Northgate, Aurora Dental Care is the perfect choice for your family’s oral health. Whether you’re caring for an infant or a toddler, we have the experience you need to make a visit to the dentist totally stress-free. We ensure that your child is calm, safe, and receives the preventative dentistry they need for a healthy mouth.
So don’t wait. Once your baby has teeth, they need to be taken care of. Schedule an appointment with Aurora Dental Care today, and see why we’re one of the best family practices around! Call for an appointment at (206) 729-0273, or visit us at 10314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. We look forward to seeing you, and your precious little ones!