10 Important Tips on Baby Dental Care
Our smiles are important. They are one of the first things other people notice. Maintaining a healthy smile means caring for our teeth – that goes for our little ones too. Here are some tips on baby dental care.
1. Start cleaning before teeth come in – Using a wet washcloth or your finger, wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding to dislodge any remaining food particles.
2. Take care of new teeth right away – As soon as a tooth breaks the gum line, it has to be brushed. This goes for baby teeth too. Baby teeth preserve the spacing for the adult teeth, so you don’t want them to rot away or you’ll create misaligned adult teeth later. Tooth decay can also lead to gingivitis.
3. Never send baby to bed with a bottle – Baby might find it soothing, but pooling liquid can introduce bacteria to the mouth and give present bacteria a way to spread. Never let baby fall asleep with milk, or even worse, juice.
4. Floss right away – Once two teeth appear near each other, you need to floss. Floss string is the most effective way to floss (because you can get a good grip and slide with force), but floss picks are probably the best way to get into baby’s mouth without much rebellion.
5. Offer water right after meals – Finish off each meal with a healthy few gulps of water. This will rinse the mouth of any food that gets stuck under the tongue or in the cheeks.
6. Start with a toothbrush early – Introduce a tooth brush to baby as early as you can so he gets used to having something in his mouth. This will help combat any fears later on when brushing has to happen.
7. Make brushing a family activity – You want your child to form good brushing habits. The best way to do that is to make brushing fun. Brush your teeth every morning and evening together as a family and stay positive.
8. Use toothpaste at age two – Use non-fluoride toothpaste once your baby is about two years old. Once you can trust him not to swallow (usually around age 3), you can introduce a fluoride toothpaste.
9. Supplement fluoride – Fluoride is important to prevent tooth decay. The best source of this is tap water. City water systems usually have this added just for this purpose. Otherwise you’ll have to ask your pediatrician about fluoride supplements.
10. Schedule an exam – The American Dental Association recommends all babies receive a dental exam at age one, but many doctors think it can wait until age three if you practice good home care. It’s advised you take your child to the dentist when they are young so it becomes a familiar place in order to help prevent any fears later on.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and not to give professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor about any questions you may have regarding your child’s health and before following any of the suggestions in this post.