This post from Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX focuses on baby teeth. New parents sometimes wonder: why take care of them when they’re just going to fall out and go to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question with an even better answer.
Parents should never feel like they are wasting their time taking care of their little ones’ teeth. Those baby teeth are important. For one thing, they’re needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that come later.
Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech.
Even before your baby’s teeth come in, you should be cleaning out their mouth. Give special attention to the gums. The best way for cleaning is to use a soft cloth dipped in warm water. No toothpaste is necessary. At this point, it’s enough to wipe them clean.
Once the teeth do come in, get a small, baby-sized toothbrush. You still don’t need any toothpaste, although you can use a tiny dab if your want to. Gently brush whatever teeth are there.
Remember to never put you little one to bed with a bottle. When that first tooth comes in, it’s time to bring your baby in for their first checkup. If they reach the age of one and there still aren’t any teeth, bring them in just the same.
At Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX, we want the very best of dental health for all our patients, and it starts when they’re still babies. People from El Paso, Anthony, Socorro, Horizon City, and Canutillo come to us for pediatric and general dentistry. Contact us today!