If you’re a new parent or are expecting you’ve doubtlessly got about a million concerns on your mind more pressing than dentistry. But slow down and think for a minute because childhood and infant tooth care, as well as pediatric dentistry, can affect your baby’s teeth for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for your young child or infant’s teeth. Affinity Dental, your Catonsville pediatric dentist, is here with some tips.
Baby Gum Care
Taking care of your baby’s gums can start immediately after birth. However initial care won’t involve a toothbrush or toothpaste. Here’s a simple routine you can use to take care of your baby’s gums. To take care of your baby’s gums, take a moist, very soft washcloth (you may also use gauze)and use it to gently wipe your baby’s gums at least twice daily. It’s especially important to do this after feedings and before bedtime in order to wash off and prevent bacteria from adhering to their gums. Bacteria poses a sever danger to infants, and can create plaque that damages their emerging teeth.
Baby Tooth Care
When your child’s teeth begin to emerge, you may use a toothbrush. However it’s very important to select a very soft brush with a small head and a large handle, to facilitate better control and minimize the risk of hurting your baby’s teeth. To brush their teeth, follow these steps: First just wet the toothbrush for gentle brushing. When teeth begin to pop up, use the tiniest drop of toothpaste you can squeeze from the tube. You can increase to using a pea-sized amount when your child is 3. You can brush their teeth until they are old enough to start learning themselves. Supervise them and teach until they can rinse and spit unaided
Visit a Pediatric Dentist
Your child should have their first pediatric dental appointment by age 1. Visit the dentist sooner if you observe any of the signs of baby tooth decay. If you see abnormally brown or white spots on your infant’s teeth, your baby could be suffering from infant tooth decay. Even if there is no emergency, your pediatric dentist can give you advice on baby tooth care, teething, thumb sucking and fluoride usage.
Affinity Dental is here with the best in pediatric dentistry. Our skilled and devoted dentists are here to make sure your child’s teeth grow up healthy. If you have any questions about Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville, contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!