Starting a good oral health routine is important!
Even though children will lose their baby teeth, it is still important to take care of them properly. Loosing baby teeth too early can cause problems when permanent teeth are not ready to emerge yet. Baby teeth begin to emerge at 6 months of age, and care of those baby teeth is important.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Even though your child has baby teeth, they can still have cavities and decay. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a condition that occurs generally in the front teeth when teeth are exposed to sugary drinks like juice. This decay can be so severe that the teeth cannot be saved. It is important to brush your baby’s teeth twice a day.
Brushing my Baby’s Teeth
Even within the first few days of birth, wipe your baby’s teeth with a moist wash cloth. As soon as teeth appear, brush them twice a day with a baby toothbrush and water. For children older than 2, use a pea-sized fluoride toothpaste to brush, making sure they spit out any remaining residue. Work with your child to teach them how to brush, but until you are sure they can brush correctly, help them brush. Don’t forget to floss! Flossing is very important even if your child only has a few teeth
By the age of 3, your child’s 20 baby teeth should have come through. This process begins with the first tooth around 6 months of age. Babies that are teething can be fussy, sleepless and irritable. If your baby shows signs of a rash, fever or diarrhea while teething, contact the doctor.
My Baby’s First Dental Visit
Your first dental visit with your baby should be scheduled when the first baby tooth appears. The visit should take place about six months after the first tooth appears, at the age of 1. It is important to start at this age to get them comfortable with the dentist, and to build a good oral health plan.
Talk to your child about the dentist. You can read a book to them about visiting the dentist. Here are some suggestions:
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Visit to the dentist by Eve Marleau and by Michael Garton
Show me your smile! : a visit to the dentist by Christine Ricci
Make your child’s dental appointment in the morning when your child is more alert and potentially less irritable. Make sure to stay calm and keep any anxiety to yourself so not to upset your child.
During your first visit, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, clean them and talk more about a preventive oral health care plan.