We have some tips for those who are new mothers. If you have recently had a new baby, it is important to take proper care of their mouth. Even though they don’t have teeth yet, their oral hygiene is still extremely important.
Baby teeth act as the place holders for the adult permanent teeth. They start to pop through the gums, and if the gums aren’t clean, they can begin to decay immediately. so, it is important to take proper steps to keep their mouths clean.
You should clean out your baby’s mouth twice a day. Do not use a toothbrush at this point because it can hurt them and damage their gums. All you need is a soft moistened piece of gauze or a washcloth, and begin to wipe gently their gum.
It is especially important to do this after a feeding and before bedtime.
Once their baby teeth have begun to grow in, you can graduate to using a toothbrush. Just be sure to use a small one with really soft bristles! The brush should have a small head and a large handle. You only need to start off with a smudge of toothpaste.
Be sure to brush the front and back of their teeth. It is important to continue to care for your child’s teeth until they are able to do so on their own. Usually, by the time a child is 6, they can brush on their own and take of their teeth without needing assistance.
Be sure to keep an eye out for decay as the baby teeth grow in—this will look like white or brown spots on the teeth. You should bring your baby to White Pearl Dental Clinic around the age of one to ensure their teeth are as healthy as can be.