With your child, you’re almost certainly thinking about their emerging teeth and how to ensure proper oral health throughout their early years. Luckily this can be handled with a few easy steps.
Here’s our handy guide to care for your child’s teeth at every step of their early years.
The Teeth Coming In
Protecting your baby’s teeth starts before you even see the first one. As they come in, you need to make sure that their vulnerable gums and enamel are protected against bacteria. Clean and dampen a soft washcloth and run it over your baby’s gums each and every day carefully and thoroughly.
Baby teeth usually start to appear sometime between 4 and 7 months. Once the first tooth emerges, start brushing it with an infant toothbrush. Use water and an infant toothpaste marked for proper fluoridation. You’ll want to use only a bit, about the size of a single grain of rice.
In some cases, teething can cause discomfort in infants. There are a few options for alleviating teething pain. First, you can give them something cold to chew on, like a refrigerated teething ring or a damp washcloth. If you’re still seeing issues, your doctor can give you the go-ahead to use infant Tylenol. Always check before administering this, and never use Advil.
Protecting Baby’s Teeth
Once your child turns one, you can switch to a soft baby toothbrush with a pea sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure the toothpaste you use is swallow safe; you’ll be able to find a label on the box. You should also start flossing as soon as the baby’s teeth touch.Exercise caution when giving your child a pacifier–using a pacifier too much or for too long can cause your baby’s teeth to come in not aligned properly.
You should also make sure the water in your area is properly fluoridated, which you can do here. If you’re in an area without fluoridated water, you should consult with a dentist about a fluoride supplement. This mineral is crucial for proper early tooth development and protection against cavities.
It’s never too early to start planning the future of your child’s oral health, and we’re here to help. Contact us today to protect your newborn’s smile for years to come.