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Caring for infant Teeth at Home

Caring for infant Teeth at Home

Caring for infant Teeth at Home

Homecare timeline

Caring for your infant's teeth begins before a tooth is visible. From birth until about 6 months of age, you should clean your child's gums by gently rubbing a damp cloth over the gums after each meal.

Between 6 months and one year, usually teeth begin to appear. Now is the time to brush the teeth twice each day with a smear of non-fluoridated toothpaste or plain water. If your child does not like the feel of a toothbrush, continue using a damp cloth. As soon as two teeth are touching, you should floss them every day, preferably before bedtime.

It is recommended that you not put your child to bed with a bottle. Other liquids, such as formula or fruit juice, can pool around the teeth, causing decay. This condition, known as early childhood caries or baby bottle syndrome, can be painful, cause decay, and have a serious impact on your child's teeth and health. If your child sleeps with a bottle, fill it only with water.

From 12 to 24 months, most of your child's baby teeth should have erupted. Continue to brush twice each day with a soft toothbrush and a smear of non-fluoridated toothpaste, and floss at least once each day.

Dental check-up timeline

We want to examine your child sometime between the first tooth and the first birthday. If we see any problems, we can discuss early intervention that can prevent complicated and expensive procedures in the future.

Each month, check your child's teeth for signs of early decay. Look for any white spots, especially at the gumline. Look for brown spots anywhere on the chewing surface or sides of the teeth. Tell us if you suspect decay may be starting. We may want to examine your child before their regular six-month check-ups.

Depending on several factors, we might recommend a fluoride treatment and discuss other prevention methods.

The first visit to the dentist should not be when your child is in pain. Coming to see us before there are any problems will make future visits more successful.

Bacteria transfers to children

The best way to care for your infant's teeth is to take good care of your own teeth. If you have cavities or you are at high risk of decay, you can infect your child. During infancy, a child can receive cavity-causing bacteria directly from an adult with whom they are in close contact. Do not share anything from your mouth to your child's, such as an eating utensil or straw.

Baby teeth are important. Taking care of them now can help reduce problems for years to come and keep your child healthy.

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