Even the smallest of patients need proper dental health care and treatment. Your newborn or infant will benefit from clean gums, and eventually a dental examination.
By starting to clean your child’s teeth and gums at home you are setting a healthy example and giving them proper oral hygiene habits to last a lifetime. Even if your child does not yet have teeth, be sure to clean their gums after each feeding. This can be done quickly and simply by wiping his or her gums with a warm, wet, cloth. Not only can this keep your baby’s gums clean but it will also help them grow accustomed to you touching the inside of his or her mouth.
As your child grows older and begins to develop teeth, you should begin to consider their first pediatric dental visit. Diamond Spring Dental Associates has a caring staff of professionals available to make your little one’s first trip to the dentist comfortable for them and stress-free for you.
Once the first tooth appears you should begin brushing it every day at home. Use a toothbrush specially designed for infants and only use toothpaste if advised by your dentist, and only if made just for infants. Once the first tooth appears you should also schedule your child’s first examination just to be sure their oral health is progressing normally.
After your child develops two teeth that touch one another, now is the time to begin flossing between them. Do this very carefully and gently. However, it is important to take the time to do so as this can help keep your baby’s smile healthy and avoid early tooth decay.
Even though baby teeth are not permanent, they can become decayed and painful to your child. Extensive decay in baby teeth can also lead to larger problems in the development in the underlying, permanent teeth. Therefore preventative care is very important. Contact Diamond Spring Dental Associates to learn more about how to set your child down the road to a healthy smile.