Healthy teeth and gums are essential to your child’s overall good health. Injured, diseased or poorly developed teeth can result in poor nutrition, painful and dangerous infections, and problems with speech development and self-image.
Caring for an Infant’s Teeth
Even though newborns and infants do not have teeth, it is important to take care of their mouth and gums.
Follow These Tips:
- Use a damp washcloth to wipe your infant’s gums after each meal.
- Do not put your infant or young child to bed with a bottle of milk, juice, or sugar water. Use only water for bedtime bottles.
- Give him a drink of water after every meal.
- Begin using a soft toothbrush instead of a washcloth to clean your child’s teeth as soon as his first tooth shows.
- Ask your pediatrician if your infant needs fluoride added to his diet.
Caring for a child’s teeth:
- The child’s teeth and gums should be brushed at least twice each day and especially before going to sleep.
- Take your child to a dentist every 6 months. Let the dentist know if your child thumb sucks or breathes through the mouth.
- Teach your child how to play safe and what to do if a tooth is broken or knocked out.
- When your child gets permanent teeth, he or she should begin flossing each evening before bed.
- You need to teach your child to eat a healthy diet for the sake of his teeth and gums.
If you take good care of your baby’s first set of pearly whites, and teach them as they get older how to care their teeth properly, then they will be blessed with a lifetime of gorgeous smiles !