New parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care, which are in line with ours at Thompson & Frey Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Owensboro. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge.
Brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth. Parents are encouraged to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth.
As more teeth come in, it becomes more inportant for the teeth to be brushed after each meal, or at least twice a day.
A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste is best. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are useful.
If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without it. The goal is to remove food bits that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.
When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is important to make sure no food remains lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most kids don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, we want our patients to have healthy teeth and gums from early childhood, and on through every stage of life. We offer family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!