Learn essential baby dental care tips from the experts at Sea of Smiles.
At about six months of age, your baby’s first teeth will begin to emerge. The arrival of baby teeth will be difficult to miss, since it generally is preceded by weeks of crying, fussing, and drooling. When teeth finally make their grand appearance, it’s a great relief for the baby and the parents alike.
But what should parents do to ensure baby dental health after teeth arrive? And what are the basic rules of baby dental care? Many parents do not realize until teething that they are completely unacquainted with infant dental care protocol. Fortunately, the dental experts at Sea of Smiles are here to answer your questions and ease your parental anxieties.
Six Tips For Baby Dental Care
Do you feel unprepared for overseeing your child’s dental health? Do you find yourself asking questions, like “when do babies need dental care?”
If so, take some time to read these essential dental tips for your child.
- Start Early
Even before teeth emerge, baby dental care matters. Bacteria can gather on the gums, so clean gums following every feeding.
- Care For Gums
What exactly is the proper method for cleaning babies’ gums? Wet a washcloth or a piece of gauze with warm water and wipe the gums off from all angles.
- Gradually Transition to Brushing
After the teeth have emerged, it’s time to switch to a soft toothbrush. Until the teeth are fully developed, there’s no need to use toothpaste; just a wettened toothbrush. Once teeth are developed, use a rice grain-sized amount of toothpaste. By age three, upgrade to a pea-sized amount.
- Use Fluoride
Babies do not receive fluoride from toothpaste, like kids and adults, so it’s important to ensure that they have a healthy fluoride intake either from fluoridated tap water or supplements.
- Keep Watch For Cavities
Have you noticed discoloration or pitting of your baby’s teeth? If so, this could be a sign of cavities. To avoid cavities, be conscious of your baby’s intake of sugary foods and drinks, and don’t leave them at night with a bottle of milk or juice.
- Schedule A Check-up
One of the best ways to ensure that your baby has good dental health is to take them for a dental check-up. It’s best to take them to the dentist as soon as teeth emerge, or no later than one year of age. Dental check-ups should be made every six months.
Sea of Smiles is proud to offer expert, patient-focused baby dental care for your child. We’re passionate about pediatric dental care and are committed to setting your baby’s dental care off to a great start and promoting their long-term dental health.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us at: Yardley Location: (267)-392-5878
Bensalem Location: (215)-433-1840