Early Infant Oral Care

Keeping your child’s smile healthy starts on day one!

Infant GirlOur dentists and team, as well as the American Dental Association®, recommend that all infants receive a daily oral cleaning. With a soft, damp cloth, gently wipe your baby’s gums to remove any lingering formula or milk. This will prevent bacteria from building up and creating oral health issues in the future.

Generally, your baby’s teeth will begin to come through at about 6 months of age and can take until they are 3 years old to finish erupting. As soon as their teeth begin to come in, you should begin cleaning their teeth with a soft-bristled baby toothbrush. When doing so, you should also use a tiny smear of child-safe toothpaste. Be sure to buy toothpaste that is designated for children under the age of 2. After age 2, you can start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Like adult teeth, your child’s teeth should be brushed twice a day.

To help your child deal with the soreness and discomfort that can come from teething, you may use a chilled teething ring or gently wipe their gums with a cold washcloth before and after meals.

We encourage you to avoid putting milk, juice or other sweetened liquids in their bottles before they go to bed. Put water in their bottle if they insist on having one, as this reduces the risk of tooth decay.

And of course, we invite you to schedule a visit to GoSmiles Dentistry as soon as your child gets their first tooth so they can begin to get used to the dentist’s office and have their oral health assessed. If you have any questions about early infant oral care in Herndon, Virginia, please call today at 703-689-3900!