Teeth help us with so many different things. They help us chew our food so it’s easier to digest, make it possible for us to form words so we can communicate, and they help shape our faces. While you may think that dental health is only important for older children and adults, this is not the case. The truth is, even the youngest infants benefit from proper dental care.
The Importance of Early Dental Health
Paying close attention to your baby’s dental health will help them grow strong, healthy teeth, and set them up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits. Not caring for your child’s mouth can lead to several problems including tooth decay, gum disease, inflammation, and pain that can create other health issues. In fact, the earlier you begin a dental hygiene routine for your baby, the healthier their teeth and gums will be throughout their lives.
How to Care for Your Baby’s Mouth and Teeth
Even before your baby’s teeth begin to come in at around 4 months of age, it’s important to care for their mouth. That begins with not allowing your baby to go to bed with a bottle in their mouth, which can cause milk, formula, or juice to pool. Additionally, you should clean your baby’s mouth at least twice a day using a soft cloth and plain water. As more teeth erupt, use a soft toothbrush to clean your child’s teeth at least twice a day.
Regular Dentist Visits Promote Early Dental Health
While good dental hygiene at home is a great place to start, it’s also important for your child to begin receiving regular dental checkups when they get their first tooth or before their first birthday. To learn more about early dental health, to schedule your child’s first dental appointment, or to continue dental care, contact us at HealthLinc or call 888-580-1060.