Posted on 10/30/2018 by Kids First Pediatric Dentistry
Infant dental care is important from the very beginning. While most babies don't begin to get their teeth until around six months old, it's never too early to start learning good dental hygiene.
Practicing excellent dental habits from an early age will set your child up for a life complimented by a healthy smile and a good attitude. So how do you start implementing good habits at such an early age? We're glad you asked!
Good Habits From the Very Beginning
Establishing good oral hygiene at an early age is a paramount step in living a healthy life. From birth, we'd like to encourage you to daily care for your infant's mouth. Simply take a damp washcloth or gauze pad and use it to wipe down your baby's gums. Not only will this clear the mouth of any bacteria, it will help your baby become accustomed to the daily practice of brushing his/her teeth.
Once the first tooth pops in, introduce your baby to a small toothbrush. Brush twice a day with just a small smear of toothpaste and check with us to learn if you need to use a fluoridated past or not. Once the teeth have grown in enough that you can't reach all sides of a single tooth with the toothbrush, it's time to introduce flossing. We have many flossing options available for children, ask about them when you schedule your child's first checkup.
Your Child and The Dentist
You may be asking when the appropriate time to take my baby to the dentist is, and we're glad you asked! Any time after the first tooth appears and preferably before your child's first birthday is the best time to visit the dentist. The first visit is considered a 'well-baby checkup' for the teeth. Our team would like to congratulate you on your new arrival and we look forward to partnering with you and teaching your child good habits to last a lifetime!