Although most babies typically do not start getting teeth until they are around six months old, proper dental care is still important. At Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her first birthday. The purpose of this visit is to establish a positive relationship with your child and to evaluate his/her dental health
You should get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s gums shortly after birth using a clean, damp washcloth. Your child may be a bit fussy initially, but they will get used to having their mouth cleaned.
We also recommend the following helpful guidelines:
- When a tooth/teeth have erupted, start brushing these teeth with a small, soft bristle toothbrush made for children.
- Brush your baby’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and before bedtime.
- Please consult your pediatric dentist or pediatrician about the type of toothpaste to use. Toothpastes contain fluoride, and the amount of toothpaste to use depends on the age and size of the child.
- Feed your baby healthy snacks, such as cheese, yogurt or fruit. These foods will help build strong teeth, unlike candy, soft drinks and sugary fruit juices.
- When putting your baby to sleep, do not give your baby a bottle of milk or juice. We understand this will soothe the child, but the sugars in these drinks will stick to the baby’s teeth while asleep. The sugars then develop into acid which cause tooth decay.
- Likewise, do not give your baby juice until he/she is 6 months old. We recommend only giving your baby 4-6 ounces of juice a day, with a meal, and not in between meals as a snack.
- If your baby has white spots on his/her teeth, make an appointment with your pediatric dentist. These white spots are often signs of tooth decay and the development of a cavity.