Caring For Your Baby’s Baby Teeth: Baby Wellness
Also, baby teeth help the development of your child’s face and jaw, and those little tiny teeth support the facial structure and tissue during their growing years. It’s important for baby teeth and gums to stay healthy to prevent any unnecessary orthodontic interventions or illnesses. So let’s work together to ensure your child has a healthy smile for life!
Teaching your child good oral health habits during their early years will set them up for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. Check out our blog about teaching good oral health habits for some tips and pointers.
How To Care For Your Child’s Teeth By Age
Birth to 6 months
Even before your child starts teething, setting a good oral health routine is important. Keeping the gums healthy will help prevent tooth decay when their first precious pearly whites start coming in. You can begin your baby’s oral health routine by gently cleaning their gums with a warm washcloth and water after each feeding. Gently massage their gums with your index finger to rinse away any remaining sugars from milk (and a gum massage for a teething baby will surely be welcomed). Do not give your baby a bottle during bedtime. This will let sugars sit on their teeth for extended periods of time. Teething babies will enjoy cold teething rings or cold, wet washcloths which are great ways to both cleanse their gums and provide some teething pain relief. Did you know that the bacteria that causes dental decay (cavities) can be transmitted from person to person? It’s true, so avoid using your mouth to test bottle temperature or clean a pacifier.