Becoming a new parent is scary, challenging and amazing all at the same time. Sometimes it seems like the list of things you need to know about is never ending. Many parents find themselves wishing there was one solid manual on how to raise children instead of 1,000 completely different ones. The good news when it comes to your baby’s oral care is there is one solid pathway that dentists recommend for keeping them healthy.
It all starts even before the first tooth. This is one area many parents don’t realize is important. Plaque buildup can occur before teeth even erupt. That’s why it’s a good idea to wipe gums after each feeding with a clean, damp washcloth.
For most babies. The first tooth shows up around 6 months. This can vary greatly from child to child based on their own unique development, of course. As soon as the first tooth comes in it’s time to start brushing twice a day. Not only does this help protect their teeth, it also helps them get used to the idea of brushing and science shows that habits developed early stick around longer into adulthood. Make sure the toothpaste is safe for babies under 1 and doesn’t contain fluoride.
First Dentist Visit
Once baby teeth starting erupting, and no later than their first birthday, it’s time for the first dentist visit. In the same way that brushing early helps develop good habits, visiting the dentist from a young age helps children grow up comfortable in the dental environmental. Some studies have even shown that visiting the dentist by a child’s first birthday leads to lower dental costs in the first five years of life.
If it’s time for your little one to reach their next milestone with a visit to the dentist, call Dr. Collins’ Spokane office today at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788