Infant oral health is extremely important. This is the perfect time for parents to prepare children for future dental care.
Waiting for teeth to erupt can backfire on you, so be prepared. Teething pain can make babies not want to have their teeth brushed, even if you’re using the softest brush available. This is why a clean, soft cloth is recommended instead. Clean the gums using small circles with a the soft cloth. This cloth can be used to wipe extra milk or formula off of the gums and helps and also helps to stimulate the gums. Do not use any toothpaste. The tongue should also be wiped, gently, but always watch your baby carefully for a gag reflex. Healthy gums are clean gums that have adequate amounts of blood flow. Also be aware of potential gum irritation. Gum irritation can cause discomfort for infants, which of course leads to more crying and general moodiness.
When a new tooth erupts, the gum around it may be tender, but it will gradually become less tender in a few days. Using the softest brush possible, very gently clean the new tooth, and each subsequent one, also. Use circular strokes, without toothpaste, and clean each individual tooth as gently as possible. When your baby is about 10 or 11 months old, you should schedule a first dental visit with a pediatric dentist. Of course, you should feel comfortable to call and discuss any questions with your local dentist. Th first dental visit should give your child a positive experience, to keep them from developing any fears of the dentist or cleanings.
Please do not share utensils or straws with your baby! Bacteria that causes decay and gum disease is passed on through saliva exchange.
Dr. McDonald and Dr. Mallakis have over 20 yrs experience in pediatric dentistry in Escondido. For a lifetime of beautiful smiles, we encourage getting started early with the right plan and the right treatments. Our office staff is trained to work with kids in a friendly and comfortable environment, and our dedication to a perfect visit is unmatched. Please give our office a call at (760) 747-1811 to discuss your child’s dental health and start them on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles.