Teeth and gums that are taken care of from an early age are better poised to cause fewer dental health problems to an individual over time. Many parents are unsure when they should start cleaning their children’s teeth and what exactly a young child’s dental health routine should consist of. Keep reading for some tips that will help prepare your children to have healthy, attractive smiles throughout their younger years.
Don’t Delay Oral Care
Your baby will not be born with teeth, but oral care still starts immediately. Make a point of cleaning objects that your baby’s mouth is exposed to so that they are free of bacteria, and gently massage his or her gums regularly with a finger brush or gauze-covered finger.
Brush When You See That First Tooth
The day when a tooth first emerges from your baby’s gums will be very exciting—not least because it means that the time to invest in your child’s first toothbrush has also arrived. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste designed specifically for babies to gently remove bacteria from your baby’s tooth. As soon as the second tooth comes in, you can start flossing.
Schedule the First Dental Visit At a Year Old
Shortly after you blow out the candles on your child’s first birthday cake, you should make an appointment with a pediatric dentist for a quick check-up and cleaning. If your child is still toothless when that first birthday rolls around, then wait until he or she has at least eight teeth before you see the dentist.
Introduce Fluoride When Recommended
Fluoride can be harmful to infants, which is why baby-specific toothpaste should be used when you first start brushing. After your child turns one year old, you can start to introduce fluoride. It is important not to expose your child to more than the recommended dose of fluoride, however.
Are you a Long Island parent who is looking for a pediatric dentist to care for your child’s teeth? By choosing to have your child see a professional from an early age, you are making an important investment in his or her health and future. To schedule your baby’s first appointment today, call Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry at (516) 798-1111.