FAQs: Oral Care for Babies

There’s so much excitement during a baby’s first year of life. First sounds, first ovements, first smiles, and many other magical moments to look forward to.Getting a head start on your baby’s dental care in their first year is a good first too. Starting a dental routine early can help your child establish healthy habits that’ll last a lifetime. Wondering how to get started? Here are answers to commonly asked questions about oral care for babies.



When Do I Take My Baby to the Dentist for the First Time?


When to schedule your baby’s first dental visit depends on when their first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday. As soon as the first tooth peeks through the gums, it’s vulnerable to decay. It’s important to take you baby to the dentist in these early stages to ensure their teeth are healthy and developing normally.



When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?


Getting your baby used to the routine of brushing every day will help them pick up the pattern as they get older. Before your baby starts teething, start getting them used to dental hygiene by cleaning their gums with a soft, damp washcloth to wipe away harmful bacteria. Once the teeth start coming in, use an infant toothbrush and a tiny amount, no bigger than a grain of rice, to gently brush their teeth. Be sure to use toothpaste with fluoride to keep those brand-new teeth nice and strong.



What Are Some Signs of Teething, and How Can I Help My Baby?


Every baby experiences teething differently. Some babies are more vocal when expressing their discomfort, while others may only have visible indicators that their teeth are coming in and show no symptoms of discomfort at all. First, check to see if you can see any teeth surfacing along the gum line. Another visible sign is discoloration and bruising along the gum line where the teeth are coming out.


Teething can be uncomfortable for little ones, so giving them a healthy way to ease that discomfort is important. Provide your baby with teething toys to help provide relief from the uncomfortable feeling of their new teeth. Silicone teething rings offer a soft structure to chew on, which can potentially help push the teeth through the gums. Ice teething rings also provide comfort, as the cold ice will help numb the gums temporarily to relieve discomfort.



What If My Baby Grinds Their Teeth?


Some babies will grind their new teeth. Teeth-grinding is also called Bruxism, and it can cause symptoms like ear ache, jaw pain, and damaged teeth. You may want to invest in some sturdy teething rings for your baby to chew on as an alternative to the unhealthy grinding.


Still have questions about your baby’s dental health? Set up an appointment for your child today! Our friendly staff at TenderCare Dental approach every exam with compassion and gentleness, to ensure your baby will has a positive experience. So, whether you’re ready to make baby’s first appointment, or have more questions, we’re here for all your family’s needs.