Lynn Dental Care Advice: Infant Oral Health
Parents might not know this, but it’s important to know that infants – despite the fact they don’t have teeth – need proper oral health care. It’s generally a good idea to get an oral health plan with a dentist within the first year after they’re born. In the meantime, you can take certain measures to make sure their mouths stay clean and healthy. Today in the Lynn Dental Care blog, we’ll be talking about some basic oral health care for babies.
The First Few Months
In the first few months after a baby is born, they won’t have any teeth to clean – but you can still clean their gums. To do this, just take a clean washcloth, soak it in warm water, and gently cleanse their gums. Doing this a couple of times a day should be plenty. Soon their baby teeth with start to come in.
The First Teeth
Teething typically begins around the six-month mark, sometimes it can begin as early as three months, or it can take longer. This is when their first baby teeth will start to come in. It’s very important to make sure you take good care of your baby’s new teeth. When these teeth come in, it’s important to brush them two, even three times a day if you can. You can brush these teeth with a very soft toothbrush. Don’t use toothpaste, as they’re likely to swallow it. You won’t need toothpaste until they get a bit older. Lynn Dental Care recommends getting toothbrush made for infants from the store. They’re easier to handle, widely available, and help to make brushing as painless as possible.
Make Teething Easier
Lynn Dental Care also recommends helping them through the teething process with some pain management tips. Teething can make babies very cranky since it causes them a good bit of discomfort. One of the best ways to combat this is with a cold teething ring. Give it to your baby to chew on, the cold and the pressure will help to relieve some of the aches. You can also gently massage their gums to help ease some of the pain.
Trust Lynn Dental Care with Your Oral Health Needs
As your child gets older, they’ll need a general dentist to help keep their teeth clean and healthy. Lynn Dental Care offers general dentistry services and much more. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with us, contact Lynn Dental Care today