Baby Dental Care
Babies start to sprout teeth around 6 months of age. However, oral hygiene can begin even earlier. It is a good idea to wipe your baby’s gums a few times a day with a damp washcloth after feedings. This can even comfort a teething baby. As soon as the first tooth appears, you can use a soft bristled baby toothbrush and water. Once baby has a few teeth you can transition to a baby or toddler toothpaste that does not contain fluoride and therefore is safe if swallowed. To help keep your baby’s mouth cavity free do not let her fall asleep with her bottle which allows the sugar in formula or milk to remain in contact with the teeth for too long. In addition, limit fruit juices and sugary foods. Do not let your child sip on a bottle or cup of juice for extended periods of time. This again increases the contact time of the sugar against the teeth.
Dr. Wilhite starts seeing children at age 3. However, if you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s teeth or mouth, feel free to set up an appointment.
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