How to Care for Baby Teeth

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At River Falls Family Dental, we provide high-quality family dentistry in New Albany for every member of your family—from the youngest to the oldest. Children are more likely to have healthy smiles as adults if parents teach them proper dental hygiene early and consistently in childhood. Read on to learn how you can help them care for their baby teeth and gums in their early stages of life!

When Should My Child Begin Teething?

While each child develops differently, most children begin teething between the ages of 4 and 7 months. A few of the most common signs of emerging baby teeth include red gums that are swollen and tender, a fussy temperament, low-grade fever, having the urge to chew on things, an excessive amount of drooling, and a visible change in eating patterns. Within 6 months of when your baby’s first tooth emerges or by 1 year old, bring them in for a checkup at River Falls Family Dental. If your baby is over the age of 7 months and has not shown signs of teething, let us know. And if you still aren’t seeing signs of teeth by the age of 18 months, consult with us and your child’s pediatrician.

When Should I Start Brushing My Kid’s Teeth?

Even before your baby’s teeth emerge, wipe their gums with a moist washcloth after feedings. Then, as soon as they have one tooth visible in the gumline, begin brushing with a baby’s toothbrush and a smear of fluoridated toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Around the age of 3, you can begin using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. We recommend getting them in the routine of brushing twice per day so when more of their baby teeth erupt and later when their adult teeth come in, they’ll already be in the habit of doing so.

When Should I Start Flossing My Kid’s Teeth?

Begin flossing your child’s baby teeth every day as soon as they have 2 teeth touching.

Does My Child Need to Use Mouthwash?

Most kids under 6 years old shouldn’t use mouthwash. And for your children ages 6-12, we’ll let you know if we recommend it for a specific dental condition. But for kids having a difficult time brushing every area of their mouth, there are specific rinses and chewable tablets that apply a colored coating onto the teeth that only disappears when the area is brushed properly. Talk with us if you think your child might benefit from these tools!

How Else Can I Keep My Child’s Teeth Strong?

Your child’s at-home dental hygiene isn’t the only factor in their dental health. Their diet plays a large role as well! When packing their lunch and offering snacks at home, try to stay away from foods and drinks that are sticky, highly processed, or contain lots of sugar, such as artificial fruit snacks, juice boxes, sports drinks, dried fruit, potato chips, cookies, and candy. Instead, pack whole grains, nuts, cheese, fresh veggies, and real fruit. At school and at home, switch out those juice boxes and sports drinks for water and milk.

Schedule Your Kiddo’s First Checkup!

Ready to get started on your child’s oral care? We’re here to help both you and your little one have healthy teeth. During your child’s checkup, we’ll discuss helpful tips and tricks that are specific to their unique smile needs. Contact our family-friendly dental office to schedule a visit with our expert team today.

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