When Should You Start Brushing Your Baby's Teeth?

Posted by LITTLE BYTES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY on Jan 18 2022, 06:06 AM

Teething refers to the process in which a baby’s teeth break through the gums. Most babies get their first tooth when they are about 6 months old, but the process can start as early as three months.

Babies often exhibit different signs of teething, such as drooling, irritability, mild fever, loss of appetite, and flushed cheeks.

When to Start Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth

Once your baby’s teeth start growing in, it’s time to start brushing. You should brush your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear. This can be a few days or weeks after birth, depending on when the teeth start to appear.

It’s recommended that you brush your baby’s teeth twice a day without toothpaste. Once a day, you should clean your baby’s gums by rubbing them with a damp washcloth.

When your child can spit the toothpaste out, you can start using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, teach them to brush their teeth and make sure they have spit out the toothpaste. Encourage them to brush their teeth until they feel clean and spit it out.

When to Consider Professional Dental Cleaning for Your Child

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visiting a dentist within six months after your child’s first tooth comes in. This visit will provide your child with the opportunity for habit-forming checkups. Here at Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that your child visit us every six months for routine checkups, as well. These appointments provide a trip to the dentist that is fun and educational and will give your child the chance to learn more about their dental health.

During the appointment, we will check your child’s teeth for signs of tooth decay or injury. We will also clean and polish his or her teeth. These habits will help to ensure that your child’s smile stays as healthy and bright as possible.

When to Take Your Child to See a Pediatric Dentist

You should take your child to see a pediatric dentist once his first tooth has emerged. This visit usually takes place when the child is six months old. The pediatric dentist can check for signs of tooth decay or gum inflammation. Tooth decay and gum disease are extremely common in children.

To learn more about Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry, Palo Alto, or to schedule an appointment to meet our dentists and team, call us at (650) 322-9837.

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