While baby teeth might be transient in nature, parents need to provide these delicate structures with the proper care in order to avoid future issues. What are some expert recommendations to keep in mind?
It is always important to care for the gums of your baby before the teeth enter, as this can prevent issues such as a buildup of harmful bacteria that can adversely affect future teeth. Also, be sure to begin brushing these teeth as soon as they become visible. This proactive approach should be carried out twice each day and of course, be gentle.
Three additional recommendations to keep in mind include:
- Speak with your dentist in order to determine how much fluoride is required within the toothpaste.
- Take your infant to the dentist within six months after the first tooth emerges.
- Avoid foods and drinks that have been associated with tooth decay in babies.
Parents who are able to adopt these suggestions will be providing their babies with a strong and healthy foundation for future oral health. Let us never forget that methods embraced at an early age can have a massive impact upon adult teeth.
The good news is that in South Africa, Family Dental Care has clinics in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, and Cape Town. If you have a new infant, see our dental specialists to get your child started with good dental care when teeth begin emerging.