Start developing good oral hygiene habits early!
If you think your baby's first gummy smile is adorable, wait until you see them grin and flash that first tiny tooth! Your child is born with twenty teeth below the gums, which start emerging at around six months old. It's just as important to keep these teeth clean and healthy as it is for you to care for your adult ones. With any luck, good oral hygiene habits that start in childhood will last for a lifetime.
To reduce the chance of toddler temper tantrums later on, make oral hygiene a regular part of the evening routine. You can start by gently wiping the gums with a soft, wet washcloth. Then once the first tooth makes an appearance, start brushing twice a day with a dab of fluoride-free toothpaste that is about the size of a grain of rice.
Baby teeth are at risk for decay the minute that they emerge from the gums. Many babies and toddlers show signs of what is known as "baby bottle decay". If you're in the habit of putting your fussy toddler to sleep and leaving the bottle in their mouth, the prolonged exposure to sugary liquid can give bacteria a chance to eat away at their teeth.
Make sure that you've scheduled your child's first dental visit within their first year of life. If you have any questions or concerns about teething, bottles or pacifiers, or would like to schedule a new patient appointment, call Columbia River Dental at 503-397-0080.
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