How should I care for my infant's newly erupted teeth?
Getting a brand new tooth is an exciting event for you and your baby! But after the excitement, you need to think about caring for the tooth so that it stays healthy and can do the job it was meant to do.
Here are some tips for giving your child the best possible start on the way to a lifetime of healthy teeth and happy smiles:
- Ask your dentist to give you a toothbrush or recommend one that’s appropriate for your child. Also find out if you should be brushing with water or toothpaste, and which type you should use.
- When brushing, apply water or a very thin film of toothpaste to the brush. Brush with gentle circular movements, and focus on the area where the teeth and gums meet. Keep in mind that, if your baby’s teething, their gums may feel tender, so be sure not to brush too vigorously. It’s important to make sure your baby spits out the toothpaste when you’re finished.
- Try to establish a routine of brushing your baby's teeth twice a day. Just like you, brush in the morning, then brush again before your child goes to bed, and after his or her last drink.
Children's Dentistry in the Harleysville Area
We’re always here to answer questions about taking care of your child’s teeth. Please contact our office, and Dr. McMaugh or our hygienist will be happy to help if you need more guidance. You can also refer to our children's dentistry service page.