September 15, 2016
Oh those precious little smiles! Nothing melts a parent’s heart—and sometimes their resolve and discipline—more than the smile on a child’s face. Making sure your children’s smiles are healthy begins long before they even have all of their teeth. In fact, good infant oral health care begins before a baby is born. To ensure your baby’s healthy smile, read on to find out what Belton dentist Dr. Aditi Gupta recommends.
Take Care of Your Teeth First
Your child’s smile may look a lot like yours, but that may not be the only characteristic they have in common. Taking care of your own oral health can help get your newborn baby off to a good start, so schedule a dental checkup for yourself during the second trimester of pregnancy. Dental cleanings and exams are perfectly safe for the baby and can help stop the transmission of bacteria and infection.
In your mouth are millions of bacteria. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the disease-causing bacteria (streptococcus mutans) can easily transfer from your mouth to your child’s mouth. Once there, the risk of tooth decay rises.
What can you do to prevent these troublesome bacteria from entering your child’s mouth? If your child uses a pacifier, then you should never, ever place it in your mouth to “clean” it. Either rinse the pacifier or be sure to carry a spare. As they grow, make a point of not sharing eating utensils, straws and cups.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist in Belton
Belton dentist Dr. Gupta would like to see your son or daughter for their first dental exam before they are one year old or when that first little tooth erupts through the gum. This may seem like quite a young age to begin seeing the dentist, but this visit gives Dr. Gupta the opportunity to spot any developmental problems early.
Cleaning Your Baby’s Mouth
You can set the stage for a healthy smile by starting oral health care before your baby even has teeth. After each feeding or at least twice a day, clean your baby’s gums. Simply dampen a soft cloth or piece of gauze with warm water and gently wipe your son or daughter’s gums. Once that first tooth erupts it’s time to start brushing. Use a small soft toothbrush and water to start. Toothpaste isn’t necessary until your child knows how to spit around the age of two or three.
Call Your Belton Dentist Today
Is it time to schedule your child’s first dental appointment? Then call ACE Dental. Dr. Gupta and her team love taking care of little smiles!
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