Infant Dental Care

Infant Dental Care
Posted on 01/16/2018
Babies typically develop their first teeth between six months and one year of age. To set your child up for a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles, you need to carefully look after your infant’s gums and developing teeth. Because we understand that parents of young children have so much to do, Dr. Hanna and her team at Briarwood Valley Dentistry have infant/baby dental care tips that can help you take good care of your baby’s gums and new teeth.

Clean the Gums After Every Feeding 

To keep your baby’s gums healthy, you should clean them after every feeding using a warm wet washcloth or a damp piece of gauze. You can even use a finger cot made of terry cloth that is designed for cleaning gums. Just be gentle when rubbing the gums clean and don’t be discouraged if your baby fusses a bit as he/she will soon get used to the sensation.

Start Brushing New Teeth Right Away

As soon as your child’s teeth start pushing through the gums, you’ll need to start brushing them. A good routine to get into is to brush your baby’s teeth in the morning and at bedtime. Use a baby toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles and a dab of fluoride-free toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice. 

Begin Flossing When Your Baby Has Several Teeth

You can start flossing your baby’s teeth when two or more of them are touching. Flossing will dislodge tiny bits of food and plaque that collect between the teeth and under the gum line. You should floss your baby’s teeth after brushing before bedtime to make sure the teeth are clean overnight. 

Watch for Signs of Tooth Decay

Babies can develop tooth decay just like adults. In the early stages, decay appears as white spots on the teeth. This is why you should carefully check your baby’s teeth regularly. Even though the baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by the adult teeth, your baby needs his or her first set of teeth for chewing and speaking. The baby teeth also save space in the mouth for the adult teeth to come in. If baby teeth are lost prematurely due to decay, the adult teeth can come in crooked or crowded.

Inspect the Gums

If plaque is not removed from between the teeth and under the gum line, gum disease can start to develop. When you’re cleaning your baby’s mouth, check for signs of gum disease which are red, swollen gums and bleeding after brushing.

Visit Us for Kalamazoo, MI Pediatric Dentistry

To keep your child’s gums and teeth healthy, be sure to make that first dental appointment by the age of one. At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, we welcome new patients of all ages. During your child’s first visit to our office, Dr. Hanna will check your his/her teeth for any signs of decay and inspect the gums.
The primary goal of this first visit is to get your child used to all the sights and sounds of a dental office so expect the appointment to be brief and informal. To set up your child’s first visit, give us a call at (269) 349-3202 at or use this online form to request an appointment. We’re excited about meeting you and your child soon!