Do You Need to Do Anything Special with a Baby's Gums Prior to Their First Tooth?
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Laura Epifano
There are many milestones in a child's first year, first words, first steps, first foods and with all of these firsts, there are lots of questions parents ask! Good oral health starts well before the first teeth erupt in your child's mouth, it begins from birth.
Establishing excellent habits from the beginning will help your child maintain those habits throughout his/her life. So what is a parent to do? What kind of oral health can be done when there are no teeth? The answer is simple; plenty!
Infant Oral Care
Most babies don't begin to get teeth until they're around six months old, but that doesn't mean that we wait until then to begin proper oral care. Start early with the habit of cleaning your baby's gums with a wash cloth or a special baby toothbrush. As when cleaning any other part of your baby's body, your baby may fuss and resist at first, but with time, this can become an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
Teething usually begins around three months of age. The teeth are beginning to emerge from the gums and this can make your baby fussy, restless and even irritable. To combat the discomfort of teething, try massaging the gums with your clean finger, or a cold washcloth. Gentle circular motion with not too much pressure is effective. There are also teething toys available that your baby can hold and chew on to help massage the gums. If your infant is over six months old, a pain reliever can be given to help relieve the pain.
Baby's First Trip To The Dentist
Don't forget to give us a call! As soon as your baby has a tooth come in, it's important to bring them in to see us! It's recommended that children visit the dentist prior to their first birthday. Together, we'll help your child establish good habits that will last a lifetime!