Oral health for your baby’s teeth begins even before their first primary teeth appear. Wiping a baby’s gums with a damp cloth before baby teeth erupt can keep gums healthy, but it is essential to start brushing your child’s teeth once they appear. A common misconception is that the health of baby teeth is inconsequential since the teeth will eventually fall out. Contrary to this perpetuated myth, the health of a baby’s teeth and gums will largely influence their oral health as adults. Not only do healthy teeth allow your baby to chew and speak clearly, baby teeth will also impact the spacing and health of permanent teeth.
Most infant’s baby teeth will appear between 6-9 months. As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, begin gently brushing teeth in small circular movements. The best toothbrushes for baby teeth are soft bristled with a small angled head. Gently brush baby teeth twice a day using water and a very small amount, about the size of a grain of rice, of low-fluoride toothpaste until age 3. Once your child is over 3 years you can begin using regular toothpaste, using a pea sized amount to prevent swallowing.
As soon as their first year, babies should visit a pediatric dentist to make certain that their primary teeth and gums are healthy. Consult your pediatric dentist for any questions or concerns about your baby’s dental needs; we can ensure that your infants teeth healthy and establish healthy dental habits early.