It’s never too early to begin thinking about your child’s dental health! Knowing how to care for your baby’s teeth can give them a great start for a healthy smile and help them avoid issues in the future. Here’s how to know when to start brushing your baby’s teeth.
Baby’s First Teeth
Baby’s first tooth usually breaks through by the time they are 4 to 6 months of age. The entire teething process is usually complete by 2 or 3 years of age, but it’s a good idea to take your baby for their first dental visit before then.
Baby’s First Dental Appointment
You might wonder if it’s too early, but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child’s first dental visit occur by 1 year of age or within 6 months of their first tooth coming in.
Taking your baby to the dentist early can help to ensure that they feel comfortable going to the dentist later in life. Dental anxiety is a common issue for many adults and children, so positive experiences with the dentist early in life couldn’t be more important! It’s a good idea to visit the dentist before there’s any concerns so that they can acclimate at their own pace without any pressure for treatments or procedures. At your baby’s first dental appointment, the dentist will typically chat with you then examine your baby’s mouth to ensure that their jaw and teeth are developing properly.
How to Brush Baby’s Teeth
So, how do you know when to start brushing your baby’s teeth? As soon as your baby’s first tooth is visible, it’s important to brush twice a day. Plaque can begin to build up on your baby’s teeth from day one and regular brushing is the best way to fight it.
To brush your baby’s teeth, start with a soft-bristled toothpaste that is specifically designed to be the correct size for your child’s age. Add a thin layer of children’s toothpaste, about the same amount as a grain of rice. Then brush your baby’s teeth with gentle circular motions.
Why See a Pediatric Dentist
If you have more questions like when to start brushing your baby’s teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s dentist! A pediatric dentist can be especially helpful because pediatric dentists specialize in the conditions and struggles that children and their parents most commonly deal with. They will be happy to provide guidance in how to care for your child’s teeth to help transform dental care into a positive and bonding experience for both you and your child.
Call our Gilbert, Mesa or San Tan Valley dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.