Although teeth actually start forming in the womb, the appearance of baby’s first teeth is usually in the four to six month range. Wiping teeth with a soft cloth is considered sufficient in those early months. At around the age of twelve months, you should plan on taking your child to visit a children’s dentist for an initial checkup. This appointment is a perfect opportunity to become educated on caring for your child’s teeth.
As an infant, you can’t expect your baby to understand the importance of brushing and flossing. Also, your baby isn’t coordinated enough to perform these functions without a lot of help. So until your child demonstrates the ability to thoroughly brush and floss on their own, you need to be on hand to help complete this task twice every day.
It is difficult for your child to comprehend that you don’t want them to swallow the toothpaste you use to clean their teeth. That is why it is very important to use an age appropriate cleaning agent and a soft bristle toothbrush. A very small amount of tooth paste is usually sufficient to clean tiny baby teeth.
Sadly many parents believe baby teeth are eventually going to be replaced so they don’t give them the care they should. But these baby teeth are paving the way for the permanent teeth, so maintaining their health by preventing decay and premature loss is critical for your child’s dental health.
Sufficient fluoride is needed to prevent decay. Although tap water and a healthy diet are great ways to get fluoride, for children who consume bottled water or alternative beverages, a supplement may be needed to help prevent decay. Your dentist can apply fluoride right in the office. It is important to note that over fluoridation can result in teeth stain, so an honest discussion should be held during dental visits.
Prevention trumps reacting to dental problems. A diet with healthy fruits and vegetables, limiting sugary snacks and beverages, daily oral hygiene care, and regular dental visits promote healthy teeth and gums.
Your kid’s dental health is as important as their overall health. You wouldn’t think of missing any of your baby’s doctor visits, so seeing your children’s dentist at around one year and at regular intervals thereafter will help foster great dental health.
To schedule an appointment for your baby, call our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!