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Maintaining your babys dental hygiene


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Maintaining your babys dental hygiene

  1. 1. Maintaining your Baby’s Dental Hygiene While babies aren’t eating tons of sugar and don’t even have teeth till they are around 3 months old, they still need help keeping up on their dental hygiene. Babies can start getting dental problems relatively early on. Some of their problems can be caused by breast milk as well as formula but they can definitely start getting problems once they start diversifying their diet. Here are some things you can do to take care of your baby. Before the teeth come in It is important to always keep your baby’s mouth clean. There are times that you will find that there can be a milky residue that builds up over time. If that is just left, it could turn into thrush which is a major infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus. Mouth Check In order to know how your baby is doing, you should check his/her tongue regularly to know if there are any problems. Thrush will show up as a white on the tongue, inside the lip or on the insides of the cheeks. If you find that your baby does have thrush, make sure that you call your pediatric as soon as possible. Some will just tell you to wait it out or they will give you an oral fungal medication that will help clear things up. Usually thrush is short lived. No sleeping with a bottle Many parents think it is a good idea to leave a bottle in their baby’s mouth because it helps keep them sleeping. If it is milk or juice, it can cause some major damage to their teeth and could lead to some serious problems in the future. No Fluoride When brushing your baby’s teeth you need to have a small toothbrush that has a bit of a fatter handle so they can hold it well. It is also important to get a toothbrush with a smaller head so they don’t gag on it. There should be a pea-size of toothpaste on the head and the toothpaste shouldn’t have any fluoride as it can be harmful on the body if swallowed. Many parents will do it all of their baby but if you give them the chance to brush their own teeth it can help them develop good habits at a young age. First dentist appointment Your first dentist appointment should be in the first year. There is no better time to see the dentist in Sandy, UT than when those first teeth start to come in. Dentists can give you a good idea on what to do to take care of your child’s mouth.
  2. 2. Whether you are just cleaning your child’s gums with a little cloth and water, or just helping them understand that going to bed with juice is no beuno, you will be well on your way to instilling good habits that will last far into the future. Even though those teeth aren’t permanent, they do have a large impact on your child’s health, so make sure you are taking care of them.