INFANT DENTAL CARE
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Infant Dental Care | When New Teeth Arrive | Healthy Oral Habits | Prevent Tooth Decay | Thumb-Sucking | FAQs

 

YOUR BABY'S GUMS:

Dental care for your baby begins even before his/her first tooth appears, or erupts. You baby's gums will benefit from proper care. After breast or bottle-feeding, wrap one finger with a clean, damp washcloth or piece of gauze and gently rub it across your baby's gum tissue. This will clears your child's mouth of any food fragments and begins the process of building a good oral hygiene habit.

 

BABY'S FIRST TOOTH:

Once your baby's first tooth erupts, it's time to purchase a baby toothbrush: a long-handled toothbrush that you and your baby hold at the same time, or a finger-puppet-like brush that fits over the tip of your finger. The bristles are very soft and few. Toothpaste is not necessary at this stage; just use water.

 

Once a few more teeth erupt, you can begin using a tiny amount of toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. (Do not use toothpaste containing fluoride until your child is over the age of three years.) Have your child practice spitting after brushing to prepare for fluoride toothpaste which should not be swallowed at any age.

 

AVOIDING CAVITIES:

Do not give your baby sweetened liquids such as flavored drinks or soda. Sugars present in fruit juice, formula, and mild (including breast milk!) can also cause decay, so regular tooth and gum cleaning is vital. Make sure your baby never goes to bed with a bottle because prolonged contact with his/her teeth will guarantee early-childhood decay, or baby-bottle caries.

 

DR. LYNN's RECOMMENDATIONS:

Dr. Lynn recommends that you bring your child for a visit once he/she is six months old.

 

As little ones mimic everything their parents do, be sure to be a proper role model and have your child watch you brush and floss daily. If they are interested, allow them to brush their own teeth at the same time.