Dental Care for Infants

Your infant needs daily supervision to keep their teeth free from dental problems. We recommend that you visit us regularly for checkups so we can help monitor your child’s development.

Cleaning Your Baby’s Gums

Infants have gums that are much softer than adults. This is because their teeth are still developing, and they do not have the strength to hold back the eruption of teeth. It is important to keep your infant’s gums moist and clean to help them develop healthy teeth for the future. Water and a gentle dump cloth are a good way to keep your infant’s gums clean during their first year. Wrap the cloth around your finger and gently and softly clean the gum area of their teeth.

The First Tooth

When your child is about a 6 months old, their first tooth will begin to erupt. The first tooth to erupt is often the bottom front tooth. At this point, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your infant’s teeth regularly. Keep in mind that some medication might have side effects like dry mouth. To prevent this, you need to keep your infant’s mouth moist so that they can develop healthy teeth and gums as they grow older.

More Teeth

The next teeth to erupt are the uppers, and then the lowers. They come in at different times and create a little gap as they move into place. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush like an infant brush, which is specifically designed for your child. These brushes are small so that you can easily reach their back molars and clean them properly.

Avoiding Cavities

Infants are more prone to dentist cavities because their teeth are softer. If you have a bottle-feeding baby, it is important to make sure your child’s teeth remain free from cavities as they get older. Frequency of sugar during the day is what causes cavities. It is important to control milk, juices only with meals and water (tap water / fluoridated). It is best to clean their gums and teeth regularly during the day to avoid cavities while they are young.