At Oral Health Associates, we understand that having a healthy smile starts from day one – when a child is first born. From that day forward, it’s important to clean your baby’s gums – even if his or her teeth haven’t erupted yet. When the teeth finally erupt, you’ll need to brush them for your child as well. This may be a new process for some, so as your trusted baby dentist and kid’s dentist in Green Bay, WI, we’d like to help explain how to best brush your baby’s teeth.
Before Your Baby’s Teeth Emerge
Even though your baby doesn’t have any teeth, you’ll still have to clean his or her gums. We recommend using a clean, damp washcloth to gently wipe away any food or bacteria on the gums. You’ll want to do this after each of your baby’s feedings.
Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth
A baby’s teeth will generally start to appear at around six months of age (although some may take several months longer). You should begin brushing your baby’s teeth on a regular basis, twice a day, as soon as you notice that the teeth have erupted. Pick out a toothbrush with a smaller head so that you can reach all of the areas inside the baby’s mouth. Only use a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste (about a thin smear) so that you don’t give your baby too much fluoride. Make sure to brush gently on both the inside and outside of your baby’s teeth so that you can remove any remaining food particles or bacteria. Because you’re using a very small amount of toothpaste, you won’t have to rinse your baby’s mouth afterward. Also, flossing is unnecessary because the teeth of babies are usually far enough apart so that food won’t get trapped between them.
Visit Your Green Bay, WI Family Dentist Today!
A baby’s first visit to a family dentist should be at about the age of one (or six months after the first teeth appear). If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your child, we encourage you to give us a call at (920) 437-3376 or fill out our online Request an Appointment! form. We can’t wait to see you and set your child on the path toward a lifetime of great oral hygiene.