There’s so much to think about and look out for when you bring a new baby home. Whether it’s your first, or you’re bringing home a little brother or sister, visits to the dentist and dental care are probably the last thing on your mind!
But healthy teeth and gums are important to everyone’s overall well being. Here are a few tips to get your little ones started on a lifetime of good dental health and habits.
Clean your baby’s mouth every day
Start taking care of his teeth before they ever appear! Gently wipe his gums twice a day with a soft, moist cloth or gauze. It will help keep any milk or food residue from creating bacteria in his mouth.
Begin brushing when the first tooth appears
That first darling tooth needs as much care as all his permanent teeth later on. Begin with a small, soft toothbrush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste . Use a circular motion to very gently brush his teeth (or tooth!) and gums.
Limit the sweet drinks
We don’t have to tell you this! Limiting sweet drinks like juices will give your child a good start on healthy eating habits, and also help prevent decay. And of course, you don’t want to leave a bottle filled with juice or anything but water with your baby for any period of time. This also gives harmful bacteria a chance to start growing.
Visit a dentist by age 3
Make regular dental visits a natural part of your child’s health care by starting early. Your child should have his first dental visit by age 3. At 12 Oaks Dental, we treat our littlest patients with as much respect and care as we do every patient. We encourage them to participate and ask questions; we explain everything we’re going to do before we start. If you have a child who is ready for his first checkup, please call our dental office in Austin. And don’t forget your own dental care! Make an appointment for both you and your child!