Life as a new mom is packed with information as to how to care for your baby, and this usually includes how to achieve good health. Parents should know that dental care is essential to overall health, and while most babies don’t get their first teeth until they are six months old, oral health during infancy is vital from the very beginning. Your child may not have his or her teeth yet, but their mouth has to be taken care of because it helps them speak, eat, and promotes the alignment of teeth.
By starting early, your child gets used to a routine. When kids develop healthy dental habits when they are young, they are inclined to care for their teeth until they become adults.
Here are some tips on how to care for your child’s mouth during their first year:
Clean Their Gums
You may be wondering why your child is drooling so much or why he is putting everything he sees inside his mouth. Whether he is teething or not, the gums should be cleaned every after feeding with a clean cloth or gauze.
Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Milk is a vital piece on every infant’s diet, but do not let your child go to bed with a bottle of milk. When your child brings his bottle to sleep, it exposes the gums and teeth to sugar for an extended period, which leads to the accumulation of plaque that causes tooth decay. If your child wants to sleep with a bottle with him, place only water to avoid rotting teeth.
Prepare for Teething
The process of your baby getting teeth is called teething. When your child is teething, he or she tends to drool more and puts everything he sees inside his mouth. For some babies, teething may be painless while others, their gums may be sore. Other symptoms of teething include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and fussiness. When this event happens, give your child a cold teething ring or cold washcloth that he can chew or suck on. You can also rub his gums with a clean finger. Ask his doctor if you can give medications when necessary.
When your child starts to get his first tooth, clean it with toothbrush and water at least twice a day. By the time he reaches one year old, he can start using toothpaste with fluoride on minimal amounts. Make sure to also floss their teeth until the gum line when teeth begin to sit next to each other to avoid plaque that leads to tooth decay.
Find a Pediatric Dentist Near You
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children visit their dentist before they turn one year old or at least six months after their first teeth pop in. Early appointments to your child’s dentist are necessary to ensure that their teeth develop healthily and correctly. Another significant benefit is that going to the dentist at a young age lets them be comfortable and encourages regular visits.
We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health.
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