Tips on Caring for an Infant’s Oral Health

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If you’re not sure how to care for your child’s oral health and smile, then you have come to the right blog. Our dentist, Dr. John McMurray, and dental team are happy to tell you how to keep your child’s teeth and gums in tip-top shape. The more you know, the better! So, here are the tips you need:

First, care for your child’s gums and little chompers. You can do so by rubbing the gums with a clean washcloth after each time they eat (this is necessary when the child doesn’t yet have teeth). Then, when the teeth grow into place, brush them with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. It’s best to brush them in the morning after their first meal and at night after their last meal. Your child doesn’t need toothpaste until their second birthday.

Second, avoid baby bottle tooth decay. This is a dental issue that involves cavities developing when your child’s teeth are exposed to bacteria and sugar for long periods of time. To prevent this, don’t send your child to bed with a bottle of milk or don’t let your child continuously nurse after they fall asleep.

For more information and details about how to care for an infant’s oral health in Meridian, Idaho, please reach out to our dental team at Legacy Smiles Family Dental when you have the chance. All you need to do is dial 208-888-3311 and we will be thrilled to help you!