3 Best Ways to Keep a Baby’s Smile Healthy
At BRSH+FLSS, we firmly believe that prevention is the best medicine. That means providing preventative care for your baby’s smile right from the eruption of the first tooth. How can you help your baby to avoid tooth decay and gum problems? Here are three ways:
- Schedule the First Pediatric Dentist Visit: According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your baby’ first dental visit should take place when the first tooth erupts or by birthday number 1 at the latest. If you’re already past 12 months, schedule an appointment right away.
- Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: This condition occurs when parents put a baby to bed with a bottle in order to soothe the child. Unfortunately, this means the baby’s teeth are not cleaned immediately following the feeding. Keeping milk sugars on an infant’s teeth all night can lead to eroded enamel.
- Keep Baby Teeth and Gums Clean: Start brushing your baby’s teeth with a soft bristle brush right from the time you see the first tooth poke through. Since your baby can’t spit the tooth paste out, try to keep the amount you use to the size of a grain of rice. Wipe the gums clean with a clean, wet washcloth.
Learn More Infant Dental Care Tips
To keep your baby’s teeth and gums happy, be sure to keep watching our blog for more tips, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists as soon as possible. Just call 619-741-1500 to get started. We look forward to being your child’s pediatric dental home for years to come.