Why Should My Baby See the Dentist?
Initiating dental check-ups for babies might not be a common practice, but it can avert significant issues in the future. Even primary teeth can be susceptible to dental problems like cavities, discoloration, and misalignments, leading to discomfort and other oral health issues. Therefore, starting dental visits early can prevent such concerns.
What To Expect During Your First Exam?
The initial dental visit for your baby is a quick and uncomplicated process. Our dentists will welcome your baby with a friendly smile and carefully examine their teeth, gums, and oral cavity to ensure that everything is in good condition. A combination of home care and professional dental care is essential for the optimal development of your baby’s teeth and overall oral health.
Dental Health Routines for Babies
Clean Gums After Feeding
- After feeding, it’s recommended to use a clean and moist washcloth or gauze to gently wipe your baby’s gums. This helps to remove any leftover food that could cause dental problems in the future.
- Babies may experience discomfort while teething, but there are various ways to ease their discomfort such as providing them with a rubber teether to chew on or gently massaging their gums with a clean finger or wet cloth. Additionally, our dentists can offer more teething treatments if required.
Wean Off Bottles
- Bottle feeding can affect teeth alignment, so it’s a good idea to start weaning off bottles at around 12 months or so.
Brush With Water
- Once your baby’s first teeth start coming in, it’s time for brushing! Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and wet it before gently brushing your baby’s teeth. Avoid toothpaste during infancy.
Regular Dental Visits
- The dentist is here to make sure your baby’s smile is healthy, so it’s a good idea to start the routine dentist visits as early as possible!