Tooth Care Begins Early in Fairhope
There’s so much to think about and look out for when you bring a new baby home. Whether it’s your first, or you’re bringing home a little brother or sister, visits to the dentist and dental care are probably the last thing on your mind!
But healthy teeth and gums are important to everyone’s overall well being. Here are a few tips to get your little ones started on a lifetime of good dental health and habits in Fairhope.
“Brush up” on your family’s dental habits
Make sure everyone’s dental care is up-to-date. It’s easy to pass harmful germs along to each other and to your baby.
Clean your baby’s mouth every day
Start taking care of his teeth before they ever appear! Gently wipe his gums twice a day with a soft, moist cloth or gauze. It will help keep any milk or food residue from creating bacteria in his mouth.
Begin brushing when the first tooth appears
That first darling tooth needs as much care as all his permanent teeth later on. Begin with a small, soft toothbrush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular motion to very gently brush his teeth (or tooth!) and gums.
Limit the sweet drinks
We don’t have to tell you this! Limiting sweet drinks like juices will give your child a good start on healthy eating habits, and also help prevent decay. And of course, you don’t want to leave a bottle filled with juice or anything but water with your baby for any period of time. This also gives harmful bacteria a chance to start growing.
Don’t forget to take care of your own dental health, even though it’s a busy time. Contact our Fairhope dental office to make an appointment for a checkup