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Dental Care For Your Baby

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! As you cherish these precious moments with your baby, it's important to also prepare for their dental health journey, starting with the arrival of their first tooth. Follow these helpful guidelines to ensure your child embarks on a path to a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Caring for Gums

Even before your baby's first tooth emerges, caring for their gums is essential. After feeding, gently wipe your baby's gums with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze to remove any food particles and begin establishing good oral care habits.

Baby’s First Tooth

Once that first tooth makes its debut, it's time to introduce a baby toothbrush. You'll find options such as a long-handled toothbrush or a finger-puppet-like brush that fits over your finger, both equipped with soft bristles. Simply dip the brush in water and gently clean your baby's tooth.

Brushing with Toothpaste

As more teeth appear, you can incorporate a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste (smear an amount about the size of a grain of rice.)  Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing; emphasizing that it should not be swallowed.

Avoiding Cavities

Steer clear of sweetened liquids like flavored drinks and soda, as well as fruit juice, which can contribute to tooth decay. Additionally, never let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, as prolonged exposure to sugary liquids can lead to early childhood decay, often referred to as baby bottle tooth rot.  Best practices include brushing the teeth before introducing food each morning.

First Visit to the Dentist

"First visit by first birthday" sums it up.  Your child should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears, typically between six and twelve months of age. Our dedicated team is here to address any questions you may have and to provide ongoing education and support for you and your child throughout their dental journey. Early visits help prevent dental issues, and we strive to make the experience enjoyable and informative for both you and your child.  

Setting a Good Example

Lead by example by brushing and flossing daily in front of your child. Encourage children to participate in their oral care routine by using their own toothbrush, making it a fun and engaging activity. The aim is to establish healthy habits early on for lifelong optimal oral health. As you embark on this journey, know that we're here to support you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns by contacting us at (719) 598-5437, and let's work together to ensure your child enjoys a future with healthy, cavity-free teeth!

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