The New Parent's Guide to Cleaning Baby Gums and Teeth

Dental health is important for your baby from the moment he or she enters the world. Even before your little one has teeth, it’s important to establish a routine of good oral hygiene, with the help of your family dentist in Middletown. Follow these steps for keeping your child’s teeth and gums in good condition. baby - teeth

Start with Gum Cleanings

Before your baby’s teeth come in, get into the habit of cleaning his or her gums after every feeding. You can wipe the gums with a soft washcloth that has been dipped in warm water, or you can wet a piece of soft gauze and wrap it around your finger. Doing so will remove sugars and debris from your baby’s gums, so that infections don’t occur. Cleaning your baby’s gums will also get him or her used to the process of you tending to his or her mouth.

Brush as Soon as You See a Tooth

The time to start brushing is as soon as your baby’s first tooth comes in. At first, don’t use toothpaste. Simply use a soft-bristled, baby-sized brush with water to clean your baby’s teeth. Continue to clean your baby’s gums with a cloth or gauze where teeth have not come in yet, until your baby has his or her full set. Once your child reaches age 2, start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Earlier than this, babies can’t spit the toothpaste out, which could make him or her sick. Don’t believe the myth that you can be lax about brushing baby teeth, since they’re going to fall out anyway. Cavities in baby teeth cause pain and could interfere with the development of your baby’s permanent teeth.

Check in with the Dentist

Your baby should have his or her first visit to the family dentist by age one. The dentist will make sure your child’s mouth is healthy and will give you tips for ensuring that your baby continues to maintain good oral health. If you notice any changes in your baby’s oral health between visits, make an appointment to have your dentist evaluate the issue as soon as possible.

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