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How to Brush a Baby’s Teeth

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.

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COVID-19 Notice

Dear Patients:

We at Oral Health Associates hope this notice finds you and your family in good health. Over the last few months Green Bay has been through a lot, and we all are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. One thing that has not changed during this time is our commitment to the safety of you and our staff.

You may have noticed infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our established processes ensure you receive care that is both safe and comfortable. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first contagious illness to have circulated our country, nor will it be the last. Over the lifetime of our practice we have successfully prevented the transmission of many infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS in addition to our annual “flu season.” Furthermore, hepatitis in its many forms, HPV, herpes, etc. are all part of our everyday lives as your dental care team.

In addition to our standard and universal precautions we want to tell you of additional infection control procedures we have implemented. We follow the daily updates and recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC, and OSHA. You may notice the following changes at your next appointment:

  • ⦿ Our office will do a brief but thorough screening process prior to arriving at our office and when you arrive including taking your temperature.
  • ⦿ We have hand sanitizer present throughout our office including at the reception area when you enter and exit and ask that you please use it.
  • ⦿ We have removed difficult to clean items from our waiting rooms like magazines, children’s toys, etc.
  • ⦿ Social distancing will be considered as we allow increased space in our waiting room and the option to wait in your vehicle prior to your appointment.
  • ⦿ We request you please bring a mask for yourself to wear in our waiting room.
  • ⦿ Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment at the highest available level which may include wearing masks and face shields for the entirety of your visit.
  • ⦿ We have installed multiple Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Systems in our office which has proven very effective at safely filtering air within our office and killing many pathogens including SARS and other versions of coronaviruses.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the steps we take to ensure the safety of everyone in our office. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.


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