What You Need To Know About Infant Oral Care

Infant's Gums Getting Cleaned By Parent

Your child’s teeth need to be cared for from birth, as practicing healthy habits can prevent and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease in infants and children. Infant oral care means learning how to care for your infant’s teeth throughout their childhood and taking advice from your most trusted dentists for their care. Here’s what you should know about infants’ oral health and how to best care for their teeth. 

What You Should Know About Infant Oral Health

One of the most significant chronic diseases in children is cavities. Cavities are untreated areas of decay that can lead to pain and infections in the mouth and problems with eating, speaking, and participating in school. The good news is that cavities are preventable, and many parents can take advantage of the valuable time with their children and help care for their teeth throughout their life. 

Here’s a short guideline on what parents should do from birth to adolescence:

Babies (1 month to 1st birthday): Babies require significant oral care during their first year, especially as baby bottles and pacifiers can easily lead to gum disease and cause problems with tooth eruption. 

  • Before their teeth pop through the gums, wipe them twice a day with a soft, clean cloth after their feedings, as it can help wipe away sugars and bacteria that can lead to cavities. 
  • Once the teeth begin to come in, brush them twice a day with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. 
  • Most of all, make sure to schedule their first oral exam! The APPD recommends that you schedule your first oral hygiene appointment by the time they reach their first birthday. 

Toddlers and Children (Ages 2-8): Infants entering their toddler years can improve their oral health by learning more about brushing and flossing. 

  • Helping them brush and floss their teeth can allow you to keep an eye on their brushing skills, as it can be easy to miss areas such as the molars and gums, causing cavities. 
  • Throughout this time, children should be brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is considered one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth because of its ability to bond with the enamel and strengthen it over time. 
  • Scheduling regular appointments with your child’s family or pediatric dentist can ensure their smile is healthy. Many dentists can provide dental sealants, a filler that protects the back molars from developing cavities early on in life and lasts for years.
  • Limiting their sugar intake can help protect their teeth from cavities and gum disease. Giving them a varied diet of fruits, veggies, and meats instead of juices, snacks, and candies can help them gain the nutrients they need to grow. 

Visit Torrance Dental Associates For Infant Oral Care

As parents, you play a pivotal role in their oral health and development. Getting your child used to oral care early on can help lay the foundation for good health. If you want to learn more about caring for your child’s health, visit Torrance Dental Associates to schedule an appointment.

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Torrance Dental Associates is proud to be the home of Dr. Alireza Movassaghi, a USC School of Dentistry Graduate with 30 years of experience. His mission is to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. When not engaged in providing expert dental care for his patients, he's taking in the latest soccer game and enjoying fine cars.
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