When people hear about dental care for babies, some think about starting to brush their teeth as soon as the first one comes out. What they don’t realize is that it actually starts way before that and that it goes on from there.
It all begins here
The first step in baby dental care begins during the mother’s pregnancy. Teeth formation is part of a baby’s development, as they grow inside their mother’s womb. To ensure that the baby will have a healthy set of teeth, a pregnant mother needs to eat a balanced and nutritious diet so that she gets the right amount of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for a healthy pregnancy and fetal development.
Baby’s day out
Newborn babies need oral care as early as Day 1, stresses an orthodontist from Southpoint Quality Dental in Fredericksburg. Clean your baby’s gums and tongue at least once a day, ideally after the last feeding. You can use a small piece of gauze dipped in sterilized water to clean the inside of the mouth. Run it along the gum line and on the tongue to remove any milk residue that had accumulated throughout the day. Avoid using toothpaste for babies under six months old, as this may lead to fluoride overdose in infants.
From primary to permanent teeth
Once the first tooth erupts, start brushing it with a soft baby toothbrush. Only start using toothpaste once the baby has reached six months of age and use only a small amount, the size of a grain of rice, whether it has fluoride or not. It’s also a good time to schedule an appointment at a dental clinic so they can assess your child’s dental health and be able to create a preventive care plan specific to your child’s dental needs.
Healthy permanent teeth root from healthy primary teeth, so it is important to make dental visits part of your child’s dental care routine to keep their pearly whites strong and healthy.