We all know those baby teeth are the cutest! Some parents wonder when the right time is to take their little one to the Dentist. The rule to follow is after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. When you visit this early it is called a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. They will check for cavities and any other problems. Your dentist will also show you how to clean their teeth properly and how to handle habits like thumb-sucking.
Taking care of your child’s teeth is important. Here are a few things to remember:
- Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth just a few days after they are born. All you have to do is wipe the gums with a clean, moist washcloth. As soon as the first tooth appears, decay can begin. Their front four teeth usually push through the gums around 6 months of age. Some children can be delayed with teeth until around a year. Remember, every child is different.
- For a child younger than 3, start brushing the teeth as soon as they appear. Use fluoride toothpaste, but just a tiny smear or a dot about the size of a grain of rice. Brush twice a day (morning and night). Always supervise them to ensure that they are using the right amount of toothpaste and that they are actually cleaning their teeth!
- For kids ages 3 to 6 years, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush twice a day still.
- Always supervise them and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.
- Until you are comfortable with their ability to brush on their own, continue to brush their teeth for them twice a day.
- When they have two teeth that are touching, it is time to start flossing.
It is never too early to start caring for your child’s teeth. The first visit to the dentist should be after the first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. This visit is important because it allows the dentist to check for cavities or any other problems, as well as show you how to properly care for your child’s teeth. Taking care of your child’s teeth is essential for their overall health, so be sure to schedule that “well-baby dental checkup” by calling (251) 210-2773 today!