NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19
Our office is now re-opened Monday through Friday to serve our patients. Some changes to scheduling and service have been made that you will notice throughout the building to best protect our patients and staff alike. Thank you in advance for being accommodating to these changes!
Sincerely, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, Dr. Patty Martin, and Dr. Kimberly Murdoch
Posted on 8/31/2017 by Michael Mettler
|Proper baby teeth care is crucial to your baby’s dental health and future permanent teeth. There’s no perfect time to start cleaning your child’s mouth than now. Even if his or her teeth are still on their way, your baby’s gums may be in danger of bacteria and dirt. Use a warm, wet washcloth or gauze and slowly wipe your baby’s gums every after feeding. Your baby only deserves the best care, so here are some practical tips to help you:
Once your baby’s teeth come in, take care of it right away. Baby tooth is just as important as permanent ones. If it’s not cared for properly, it can decay and lead to serious gum infection. Baby teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent teeth. They can also affect your baby’s talking and chewing. It is essential to start with your baby’s dental health care from day one.
Let your baby drink lots of water after eating. The majority of infant foods easily wash off with water. Letting your baby drink water after every meal is a big help to maintaining your baby’s teeth healthy. You may not need to use a toothbrush to clean your baby’s teeth until he or she is 18 months old, but you may use a small rubber-like cleaner to get rid of sticky and sugary food from his or her tooth.
No to cavities! Closely watch your baby’s teeth for discoloration and minor pitting – these are the first signs of a cavity. Most parents use a bottle of milk to put their babies to sleep, and this is one major cause of cavities. If you notice your baby using the bottle for comfort rather than feeding, please don’t hesitate to take it away.
Start brushing your baby’s teeth at two. At age two, you can start brushing your child’s teeth with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Using slow, circular motions, slowly brush your child’s teeth to remove small particles of food. You can wash off the toothpaste from your child’s mouth using a warm, wet washcloth. Do this at least twice daily.
Your baby’s teeth also need fluoride. Baby toothpaste usually doesn’t have fluoride in it. But fluoride is essential to prevent tooth decay. It is why most communal waters have a small amount of fluoride for this purpose. If you’re not sure, ask your baby’s doctor about supplements that can provide enough fluoride for your child.
Schedule regular dentist appointments for your baby. It is essential for your child’s dental health to see a dentist regularly. The dentist will be able to regulate your child’s teeth growth and give you tips on how to keep each tooth cavity-free.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to look after your child’s overall well-being. Your child’s dental health is second to none. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that you establish your child’s good dental habits as early as possible.
If you are looking for a dental home for your baby and yourself, Dr. Patty Martin of Stone Creek Dental Care in Walla Walla would love to chat! Give us a call at 509-525-5902 today!