If you are a new parent, you most likely have many, many questions about your new role. Many of these questions may involve your baby’s health, and you are no doubt vigilant about taking him or her to the pediatrician for well exams and vaccinations. But what about their dental health? It is easy to forget about, with everything else going on (and the fact that your baby doesn’t have teeth!). But when should you first take them to the dentist? How can you teach them to brush? Read on for some information that can help!
Start taking care of their teeth before they have teeth
You can help your baby’s incoming teeth and gums to be healthy by keeping your baby’s gums clean. You don’t even need a toothbrush; just use a wet washcloth to wipe debris off the gums. Do this after feeding and before bedtime, so that bacteria don’t have the chance to accumulate in the mouth.
The first teeth
Your baby getting a first tooth is very exciting for you, but painful for them. When the pain subsides a bit, it is a good time to start getting them used to tooth brushing. Get a small, child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles and use it every night. You don’t need toothpaste at this point – the idea is just to get them used to the feeling of the toothbrush in the mouth. Eventually, you can put a tiny bit of toothpaste on the brush. When your child is a toddler, add a bit more toothpaste and brush their teeth gently.
Their first trip to the dentist
It may seem early, but experts say that children should first visit the dentist around their first birthday or about 6 months after they get their first tooth – whichever comes first. This gives the dentist the chance to check for any problems with the teeth and gums. It is also a chance for your child to start getting used to the dentist’s office and what happens there.
Is it time to bring your child in for their first dental visit? Call Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee at (414) 464-9021 today!