how to care for baby’s new teeth


how to care for babys new teeth:

Remember last week when I took Sadie to her first dental appointment?  (If not, here it is.)  Like I said in my post, I learned like 9 million things from that appointment.

Taking care of a baby’s new teeth can be tricky.  I mean… it’s not like you can explain to them why you are jamming a stick with bristles into their mouth twice a day.  Still, it is SO important to take care of their gums and teeth from day 1. I knew that… I just had no idea how to do it.  So, at Sadie’s appointment, I took the opportunity to chat with the amazing staff at Pediatric Smiles of Orem to get the down low on how to care for those baby chomps.

Here are the basics:

If you can’t brush them, wipe them.  Babies can get teeth pretty early.  As soon as you see those teeth poppin through, wipe them with a wet rag daily.  This will keep the sugar off of those pearly whites and prevent early decay. Even if your child doesn’t have teeth, start wiping their gums to clean them as soon as you can.  This will keep them clean without having to brush.

how to care for babys new teeth:

Once baby gets a bit older, brush those teeth with a soft bristled brush (get a baby tooth brush) twice daily.

Don’t use fluoridated toothpaste until baby is over 12 months.  And even then, only use a tiny amount.  There is no way your little is going to be able to spit out the tooth paste after brushing.  So, if they swallow it, you want to make sure they are swallowing a small amount.  Speaking of fluoride, make sure you talk with your dentist about how much/if you should be using it.  Fluoride can be helpful but only if monitored correctly.

Make sure YOU are the one brushing your kid’s teeth.  Kids do not have the dexterity to brush their own teeth until they are over 4 years old, or until they can tie their shoes.  Whichever comes first.

how to care for babys new teeth:

If you put your baby in bed with a bottle, make sure the bottle only has water in it. No milk.  No juice.  Anything other than water will leave a sugary film on your baby’s teeth overnight.  This can eventually lead to decay and cavities.

Take your child to a dentist between the ages of 12-18 months.  Some dentists will recommend waiting until your child is 3 or 4.  Don’t.  If there is a problem with your child’s mouth or teeth, you want to know early on.  We found out at Sadie’s appointment that she is slightly toungue tied.  Had I waited until she was 3, her speech could have been impacted and I would have had no idea why.  Also, if your child is prone to cavities, the dentist will be able to tell early on and help take preventative measures to keep those teeth healthy.

Try a pediatric dentist.  They are experienced with kids!  That’s all they see!  Most of the time, their offices will be catered to the little people.  They will use kid-friendly jargon and know how to make the little ones feel at ease.  Also, a pediatric dentist sees kids in all sorts of different situations; those who love the pacifiers, those who are still on the bottles and even those who suck their thumbs.  They will be able to help assess if any of your child’s habits are damaging their teeth or if all is well. Once you have taken your child in for the first time, continue to see the dentist regularly (every 6 months is recommended).

how to care for babys new teeth:

Try to steer clear of sticky, sweet snacks.  Fruit roll ups, fruit snacks, gum… all of those yummy good things will get stuck in your kids teeth and will be crazy hard to get out.  Once again, sugar=decay=cavities. Stick with fruits and veggies.  That way if anything gets stuck in your kid’s teeth, at least its healthy.

I know that it’s hard not to have the mentality that they are just ‘baby teeth’ and that they will lose them eventually anyways.  But really, the baby teeth will be the guides for the permanent teeth.  If they are lost early because of decay or disease, it can drastically impact your child’s oral health for the rest of their lives.  It is so important for us to take care of those little teeth now and teach hygiene habits to our kids!  Thanks again to Pediatric Smiles of Orem for answering my millions of questions! You guys are awesome!

What tips do you have for keeping your kiddies teeth clean??

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  1. Brillante says:

    How did they get her to open her mouth for them to check her teeth!? Seriously, Shae refuses to open his mouth for me to brush. I have to pin him down and force his mouth open and I just worry that that is going to make him HATE brushing his teeth for forever…I’m at a loss.

    • I have no idea! Seriously the dentist just knew what to do. A peel of working in kids mouths all day?? I have no clue. I started giving Sadie a toothbrush to suck on and play with during the day. It made it much easier to get her to open up her mouth to let me brush at night.

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