Babies and Toddlers (0-4)
Babies & Toddlers (0-4)
There’s a common misconception that your baby’s oral health
isn’t a serious concern until they start teething. Developing healthy
dental hygiene habits helps protect your baby’s teeth throughout
their entire lives, so getting started early is essential. As children
develop from birth to age 4, they’ll undergo a series of stages
in their dental development. Knowing how to care for their developing
teeth during this period can help get them on the path to dental health
Birth to 6 months of age
Proper oral health habits start early, and in the beginning, they’ll
be entirely in your hands. Caring for their gums after every feeding is
an important start. After every feeding, you can gently wash your child’s
gums with a moistened washcloth wrapped around your index finger, massaging
them as you go. Never give your baby a bottle at bedtime, or prop it into
their mouths. Doing so can promote decay.
Baby’s First Tooth
Somewhere between four and six months, most babies will start teething.
This event is often accompanied by your baby’s gums becoming red
and inflamed, and they may begin drooling more than usual. Chilled teething
rings and wet washcloths are an excellent way to bring your baby some
relief, and numbing agents like Anbesol can also help. An important thing
to remember is that dental decay is infectious, so don’t do things
that can transmit germs from your mouth to theirs. These can include sharing
utensils, testing a bottle’s temperature with your mouth, or cleaning
off bottle nipples or pacifiers with your mouth.
Your First Visit To The Dental Office
Your baby’s initial visit to the dentist should happen shortly after
the appearance of their first tooth. The moment your baby has teeth erupted
through the gums, they’re at risk of developing cavities. Developing
a good relationship with their dentist can have a positive effect on their
lifetime dental health. You can help prepare for this by having your child
practice with you, holding their mouth open while you check their teeth,
letting them know the dentist is friendly. You can help their visit by
scheduling it before or after nap time so they can be well-rested. Feed
them a light meal and help them brush their teeth before you leave, and
set expectations for the visit to be a friendly and happy experience.
Your attitude about their visit can do wonders for their experience.
Making Good Dental Health A Family Affair
As your child continues to age, you can help establish good dental routines.
Don’t just tell them to brush their teeth, brush your teeth with
them at the same time. You can make it a fun experience that helps the
family bond, creating positive associations that will help them keep the
habit. Please make sure you select fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen
their teeth and promote lasting oral health.
Skyline Smiles, led by Dr. Leena, has been providing exceptional pediatric
dental care for patients in Santa Clarita, CA, and the surrounding area.
If you’re ready to begin your child’s journey to lasting oral
health, it’s time to call
(661) 244-4036 to schedule an appointment. Our helpful staff will lead you through the
preparatory steps for your first visit, advising you of necessary documents,
insurance information, etc. When you visit 28532 La Madrid Drive, Suite
B, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, you’ll be ready to give your child a
great first dental experience as part of the Skyline Smiles family of patients.
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