It’s important to maintain your child’s oral care right from the start. We recommend bringing your infant to a pediatric dentist for a checkup before their first birthday. By doing so, you’re making sure that your infant’s oral health is on track and that there are no issues with their gums, teeth, or jaw alignment. Below is some information about your child’s teeth during their first year.
Your infant’s teeth will begin to come in between 3-9 months. During this time, your infant will experience gum discomfort, may have trouble sleeping, and may excessively drool. You can give your infant chilled baby foods, a cold towel, or a chilled teething toy to help soothe their gums.
It is very important to clean your infant’s teeth for a number of reasons. First, you’ll help your infant get settled into a dental cleaning routine. Your baby might be a little fussy in the beginning, but will gradually get into the habit. Also, this will help combat a condition sometimes called baby bottle decay. Just like adult teeth, eating and drinking will erode baby teeth and cause caries if not cleaned at least twice a day.
To clean your baby’s gums, use a clean washcloth. This will help rid of the sugars left behind from their drinks. Do not let your baby sleep with these drinks because it increases the risk of dental issues. You can start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when your baby reaches the age of two, or otherwise recommended by your dentist. Make sure to feed your baby nutrient rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to promote healthy and strong teeth.
At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, we love to see our patients grow with a beautiful smile. Please make an appointment for your baby’s dental checkup on our website or give us a call at 212-587-0202.