5 Building Blocks for Optimal Infant Oral Health | Children’s Dentist in Marlton

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified tooth decay as the most common health problem affecting children, even more prevalent than asthma. As a parent, you play a crucial role in establishing habits that promote lifelong oral health for your child. It’s never too early to start caring for your child’s teeth, even before they begin to erupt.

  1. Clean Gums, Healthy Smile
    Start by cleaning your infant’s gums even before their teeth come in. Use a clean, damp cloth to gently wipe their gums, removing any food residue. Cleaning their gums helps prevent gum disease and establishes good oral hygiene habits. Aim to clean your child’s gums at least twice a day.
  2. Introduce Toothpaste
    After establishing a routine of cleaning their gums, consider introducing the flavor of toothpaste to your infant. Consult our team for advice before using any toothpaste. Use a very small amount and rub it gently on their gums. The quantity should be much less than what you would use on your own toothbrush.
  3. When Teeth Erupt, Brush
    Once your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to start brushing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for infants and a pea-sized amount of child-friendly toothpaste. Gently brush their teeth and don’t forget to clean their gums too.
  4. Visit Us
    Schedule your child’s first dental examination as soon as their first tooth emerges. Children should have at least two regular dental check-ups each year, or more if they are at higher risk for oral health issues.
  5. Instill Proper Brushing Habits
    Help your child learn how to brush their teeth properly. Children learn by imitation, so try brushing alongside them to supervise their progress. Encourage them to brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time. While every child develops differently, most can start brushing their own teeth, under parental supervision, around age 5.

Proper oral health practices are essential for infants and children. As a parent, you have the opportunity to shape your child’s habits for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Don’t wait for your child’s first tooth to emerge before thinking about their oral health.

Schedule an appointment with our team at Gleam Pediatric Dentistry, your trusted children’s dentist in Marlton, today. We’re here to support you in maintaining your child’s oral health from the very beginning.

Gleam Pediatric Dentistry of Marlton
Email: admin@gleamteamdental.com
Phone: 856-291-6888
Url: https://gleamteamdental.com
270 N Elmwood Rd ste h-140
Marlton, NJ 08053