When you’re about to become a parent, one of the things you look forward to most is seeing baby’s first smile! What you might suddenly realize as you think about this is that perhaps you’re not exactly sure how to keep that smile clean or if you even need to. Do babies need dental hygiene? Do you need to worry about oral health? Well, we don’t instruct you to worry. However, care will be necessary. Of course, we are happy to offer some suggestions that will help you see just what you will need to do during very early care moments.
Before Teeth Appear
Before your baby’s teeth appear, you will simply be wiping your baby’s gums gently every day. You may use clean gauze, a cloth, or other soft material that you dampen and then run along baby’s gums. Very easy and effective.
Once One Tooth Erupts
Now, once that first tooth shows up, it will be time to start brushing! Oral health is always something that requires protection. Did you know that even a first little tooth can experience decay? This will be very easy, as well. You’ll need just a tiny bit of fluoridated children’s toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) on a child’s toothbrush to begin brushing. The “grain of rice” measurement will last until baby is three.
When There Are Two Neighboring Teeth
When two teeth are neighboring, it’s time to begin flossing! Promoting the best oral health possible for your child means plaque removal. As you know as an adult, this means brushing and flossing every day.
Protect Your Baby’s Smile With Easy Care Tips
When you’re unsure about care for your child’s smile, remember to feel free to ask us and to schedule a children’s dental visit once baby is one or has a first tooth! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.