Oh Baby! How to Keep Baby’s Teeth Clean

Smiling baby on floor with finger in mouthIt may seem like dental care isn’t necessary for babies; after all, how many teeth do they even have? They’re just going to fall out eventually anyway, right? Well, while they may not be numerous or permanent, your baby’s teeth are actually extremely important to their development, from chewing and talking to holding space for their adult teeth to come in properly. Learn how to clean baby teeth with these tips from family and pediatric dentist Dr. Jordan. 

Off to a good start

Within a few days of birth, you should start wiping your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, and moist washcloth. You can do this at bath time or after feedings. Typically baby teeth will not start to emerge until a child is around 6 months, but that can come earlier or later depending on the child. It can also be hard to tell when teeth are first pushing through, so a couple of quick wipes each day ensure that those teeth are protected even before they show up fully. 

Ready, set, brush! 

Once your baby’s first tooth starts to emerge, it’s susceptible to decay, so let the brushing begin. According to the American Dental Association, you can use a finger toothbrush or baby toothbrush with a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste – about the size of a grain of rice – to brush baby’s teeth twice a day. 

Keep an eye out

Eventually your child can start to help with brushing their teeth, but you still need to supervise kids under 3 years old closely (and probably step in to help) to ensure that they are cleaning their teeth thoroughly and using the correct amount of toothpaste. 

At Jordan Dentistry, we are proud to offer our patients the best in family and pediatric dentistry in Cumming, GA. Visit our New Patient page to learn more and access forms to bring to your visit. 

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