At Inspired Dental Care, we’re here to improve the oral health of each member in your family! Dental offices can seem like a scary place, not just for children, but adults too! We’re here to show little ones (and the grown-ups in their lives) there is nothing to fear. We’re here to help, whether it’s a routine visit or urgent care that’s needed. We’re honored to greet first-timers, introduce them to the inner workings of their mouth and show that good habits are not only easy for them to develop, but incredibly rewarding!
As we learned when talking about gum disease, gum health is a critical part of developing and keeping strong teeth. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how oral hygiene habits would be good for babies to have even before their teeth come in. But how do babies conduct oral hygiene routines, and what do those routines look like? For the first question: with a lot of help from their parents or caregivers! To answer the second question: it’s actually pretty simple! Wiping your baby’s gums with a warm, wet washcloth after they eat can reduce bacteria and acidity.
Once your baby starts teething, they’ll want to bite down on objects to relieve pressure, so be careful when rubbing their gums or using a finger brush. Once their teeth emerge through the gums, you can gently brush them with a soft-bristled, baby-sized toothbrush and a tiny amount (think the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride-free toothpaste.
You can introduce them to floss or soft-picks as their teeth begin to touch each other. Cavities can form between the smallest of spaces, so this is a good preventive measure. When they’re able to spit, you can switch to toothpaste with fluoride for enamel strengthening.
Eventually they’ll want to start brushing themselves, especially if they see you doing it each day and night. We recommend continuing to supervise their brushing and flossing until you are confident they’ve got it down. Kids love to rush through things and get back to playing! Bringing them in for checkups is a good way to confirm their work is paying off.
It’s not uncommon for adults to think of baby teeth as unimportant because they’re meant to fall out. However, baby teeth help set the stage for adult teeth, and if you can keep them safe from decay, gum disease, and premature tooth loss, you and your child can feel more confident as their permanent teeth arrive.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of children between the ages of 6 and 11. A healthy diet with water as the main beverage of choice can help strengthen prevention, but oral hygiene really will be key. If your little one does experience decay, it can be painful and prevent them from learning and playing in and outside of school. If the tooth requires removal or falls out early, it can cause adult teeth to shift and crowd one another as they poke through the gums. It can also interfere with their nutrition and speaking patterns.
Luckily, this is all preventable, and we’re here to help show you how!
What a milestone! We can’t wait to welcome them and see their smile around their 1st birthday, which is when we advise bringing them in. Acquainting them with the office and staff will be beneficial for future appointments, and during our first exam, we’ll ensure everything is developing properly.