It’s never too early to start taking care of your baby’s teeth! This may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple. Toothbrushing can begin as soon as your baby’s first tooth pokes through. Pediatric dentists prefer you use a baby toothbrush or a regular toothbrush, as long as the bristles are soft (the brush should have no more than three rows of bristles.) Ask your pediatric dentist at Harlandale Dental if you need help finding a finger brush or a proper baby toothbrush. Be sure to toss out any toothbrushes that have become rough or that are more than two to four months old, because mouth bacteria can begin to build up.
How do I clean my baby’s teeth?
Take your baby-friendly toothbrush and squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the toothbrush. Wet the bristles with water and gently brush your baby’s teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to brush the front, back, and top of each tooth. You can also use gauze or a washcloth to wipe your baby’s teeth if you don’t have a toothbrush handy.
Once you’ve brushed all of your baby’s teeth, rinse their mouth with water or have them drink some water from a cup. Spit the water out into the sink. Repeat this process at least once per day, preferably at night before bedtime. Let your baby watch you in the bathroom mirror as you take good care of your teeth, so they learn that it’s a habit to keep for life.
Should I brush my baby’s gums?
Our dentists recommend that you state to clean your baby’s gums after feedings right away. Use a clean, damp washcloth, a gauze pad, or a silicone finger brush to gently wipe the gums and the front of the tongue to help fight off bacteria and promote good oral health long before the baby’s first teeth start to appear.
Once your baby’s first tooth grows in, schedule an appointment at Harlandale Kids Dental. Most children should come in for checkups every six months, and teeth cleanings can be performed twice a year as well. Cleanings and exams are important to help monitor the growth of baby teeth and check for tooth decay, tooth damage and other dental issues.