3 Tips for Infant Oral Care
Babies start to experience the eruption of teeth at around 6 months of age. As a new parent, it is important to understand how to care for these freshly emerging teeth. Why? Because they will be important to your child’s ability to eat solid food in the coming months and years, and because they are placeholders for permanent teeth. Good care of baby teeth can mean fewer dental problems later. With that in mind, here are 3 tips for infant dental care.
- Keep Gums Clean – Both before teeth are completely in and after, you should be cleaning your baby’s gums. Use a moist, clean washcloth after feedings to wash off the gums and prevent bacteria growth.
- Use a Soft Brush – Use a toothbrush with soft bristles (even adults don’t really need hard bristle brushes). The key is regularity. Brush your infant’s teeth in the morning, after feedings, and before bed. When you start using toothpaste, only apply about the size of a grain of rice to the brush. Your baby doesn’t know how to spit it out yet, so you can’t use a normal pea-size amount.
- No Bottles in Bed – One mistake that parents often make in oral care is to give a crying baby a bottle in bed to help induce sleep. This means that the baby will be subjected to plaque feeding sugars all night. Instead of a bottle, try reading or singing to your baby until sleep comes.
The Invaluable Support of a Pediatric Dentist
The board-certified pediatric dentists at BRSH+FLSS are highly focused on providing preventive care to infants and children. That means we want to see your little one in our office right from the eruption of the first tooth so we can make sure that everything is going smoothly and that your baby has healthy teeth and gums. To schedule your baby’s first dental appointment, call us at 619-741-1500.