Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s a good time to remind parents the importance of protecting those first pearly whites. Decay in baby teeth can affect the growth of adult teeth according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The first tooth typically appears around six months of age. Here are some tips from the ADA for starting off right with good dental hygiene.
- Even before the first tooth appears, wipe baby’s gums after each feeding.
- Start brushing baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth makes an appearance. Brush twice a day with a very small amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- As soon as two teeth appear next to one another, use dental floss or another tool to clean between teeth.
- Continue to brush your child’s teeth until they are six years old. Be sure to monitor the brushing when they take over the task themselves.
- Choose dental products with the ADA acceptance seal.
- Make that first appointment with the dentist after the first tooth appears. This will usually happen before baby’s first birthday.
Learn more about keeping baby’s teeth healthy here: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids