How Should I Clean My Baby’s Teeth and Gums?
Good oral hygiene starts before your baby’s teeth even come in. You should use a warm, wet washcloth or a piece of gauze to wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding.
After your baby gets their first teeth, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the teeth. You should not use fluoride-based toothpaste until your child can spit on their own, around age 3. When children are ready for toothpaste, use a pea-sized amount. Monitor your child’s brushing to ensure they are not swallowing the toothpaste.
My Child Sucks Their Thumb, Will This Be a Problem?
Thumb sucking and prolonged pacifier use can cause crowding, crooked teeth, and bite problems. Although most children stop their sucking habits on their own, a pediatric dentist may recommend an appliance if the permanent teeth have started to come in.
Should My Child Get Sealants?
The molars, or back teeth, have pits and grooves that can trap food. Sealants are applied over these areas to prevent food from being stuck in the molars. This helps to prevent tooth decay in these teeth. Sealants are quick and easy to put on, and your child will not need to get numb. Children should avoid sticky candies to prevent the sealants from getting pulled off.
What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay, usually occurring on the top front teeth, in babies and toddlers can be from baby bottle decay. This occurs when children are allowed to go to bed with a bottle of milk. Milk contains sugars which can rot the teeth. To prevent tooth decay, wipe the child’s teeth off after their nighttime bottle.