When you are expecting a child, or perhaps are a brand new parent, there are so many questions. Eventually, you will start to ask yourself what you have to do for your baby’s oral health. It’s very important that you know the “do’s” and “don’ts” for infant oral care.
Is it necessary to clean a baby’s mouth even if they don’t have any teeth? It’s a common question, but the answer is absolutely yes! Even if there are no teeth in there, it’s still important to keep clean so that you can prevent the colonization by bacteria. You can use a damp cloth or a soft baby toothbrush to rub the gums and inside of the mouth gently. The first teeth typically come in sometime around the 8-month mark, but oral care is still important from day one!
It’s important to settle with a dental office that makes you feel comfortable. Taking your baby to a pediatric dentist when they first start getting teeth is a good idea. At Golnick Pediatric Dentistry, we can get to know your baby and their oral health so that we can provide specialized care as their teeth start to grow in.
Even before the first tooth emerges, your baby will likely already be eating some solid foods. Take this opportunity to start introducing foods that will be kind to their smile. Sweet potatoes are soft and easy for babies to eat and also are high in vitamin-A which supports a healthy smile.
Your baby will grow a lot faster than you could ever imagine, and so will their smile. The teeth will seem to emerge quickly. Before you know it, they will have a mouth full of teeth. You should be adaptable and flexible for your baby. As they grow and change, so should your approach to their oral care.
It’s important to get regular checkups if you want the best advice and care possible for your child’s oral health. A dentist is an invaluable tool when it comes to good oral health. Although regular brushing and flossing are always recommended, a dentist can give you professional advice every step of the way.