Gentle Dental Care for Infants

It is absolutely crucial that you start early. Below, you will find tips that can help you take care of your infant’s teeth as early as after delivery! Don’t leave dental care until it is too late and your child has developed their adult teeth. Oral health problems, such as tooth decay can start early in a child’s life, and their effects might be long lasting.

The Right Time to Visit your Childs’ Dentist

Your first visit to the dentist should be scheduled when your baby is six months old. This is also the age when the dentist can figure out any future dental problems your child may be facing. One important clue in that context is the dental history of the parents. The condition your gums and teeth are in when you have a baby will also clue you into the dental risk of your child.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay 

This dental problem can become a reality as soon as your baby starts growing their baby teeth! If you don’t ritualise the cleaning of their teeth, then the rot-causing bacteria that resides in their mouth will do the rest. Keep in mind that if your mouth has cavity-causing bacteria, sharing utensils can pass them on to your infant.

Also known as Early Childhood Dental Caries, tooth decay can result from regular consumption of sugary liquids by your child. This means juice and intake of other sweet liquids need to be controlled. Moreover, you will need to brush their teeth to prevent the sugar from spending long periods in the vicinity of their teeth!

It is best that you don’t let your infant go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth. This includes a bottle of expressed breastmilk or formula. The sweet liquid will keep sloshing into their mouth and increase the risk of developing rot. If the bottle helps them fall asleep, then replace the liquid with water. Milk should be avoided during bed- and nap-time as well. You don’t need to use toothpaste on infants younger than 12 months. Start using toothpaste later but instruct your child not to swallow it.

Practicing Dental Care

A summary of what you should be doing:

Post Delivery-6 Months

  • Start by regulating their feeding habits, so you don’t miss out on dental care rituals.
  • Wet a piece of gauze or a use a lukewarm washcloth to clean their mouth after they have fed and at bed time. At the very least, do this once a day.

6-12 Months

  • This is when your baby will get their first tooth and is, therefore, an important stage for dental care to begin. This is also the time when dental injuries might happen. Be careful!
  • Start by scheduling an appointment with your infant’s dentist and have their tooth examined.
  • Begin the ritual of brushing their teeth after they have fed and at bed time.
  • Dentists have a differing opinion about whether you should floss your infant’s teeth that touch.  The consensus is that it is not necessary until they are chewing food to break it up. Seek advice from your dentist about what is right for your child.

12-24 Months

  • You should be regularly visiting the dentist every six months by now.
  • Stay in charge of the teeth cleaning and any exams that the dentist might recommend.
  • The primary teeth will have erupted by now.
  • Get toothpaste with fluoride and use just a bit of it to clean your child’s teeth.

Regulate how frequently your kid sucks their thumb and how dependent they are on their dummy.

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