In a child’s first year, there are many milestones, such as first words, first steps, and first eats, and with all of these firsts come a slew of questions from parents!
Oral health begins long before your child’s first teeth grow in his or her mouth; it begins at birth.
Establishing good habits early in childhood will help your child retain them throughout his or her life.
So, what should a parent do? What kind of oral hygiene can you maintain when you don’t have any teeth? The solution is straightforward: lots!
Oral Care for Infants
Most kids don’t receive teeth until they’re around six months old, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start caring for them right away.
Begin cleaning your baby’s gums with a washcloth or a special baby toothbrush as soon as possible.
Your baby may fuss and fight at first, just like when cleaning any other part of his or her body, but with practice, this may become an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
Teething normally starts at the age of three months. Teeth are beginning to sprout from the gums, which can cause your infant to become fussy, restless, and irritated.
Try massaging your gums with a clean finger or a cold washcloth to relieve the pain of teething. It’s best to use a gentle circular motion with light pressure.
Teething toys, which your baby may grasp and chew on to help massage the gums, are also available. A pain reliever can be given to your infant if he or she is older than six months.
The First Visit to the Dentist for the Baby
Remember to give us a call! It’s critical to bring your baby in to see us as soon as a tooth emerges!
Prior to their first birthday, it is suggested that children visit the dentist.
We’ll work together to instill healthy habits in your child that will last a lifetime!