Do you know babies are born with a complete set of twenty (20) baby teeth kept secretly in their gums – 10 on top and 10 below?
As each newborn’s tooth reaches the surface of the gum, the gums immediately open up to reveal the tooth.
First teeth mostly show up between 6 to 10 months. However, babies develop teeth at different times. In most kids, teeth appear as early as the third month. In other kids, they do not arrive till around the 12th month.
However, in a few cases, some babies are born with two or three teeth. But most newborns will have their complete set of baby teeth at the age of three.
Cleaning The Gums
You do not have to utilize toothpaste or toothbrush until the first baby teeth show up. However, having your baby’s gums properly cleaned after feeding would assist in removing sugar and bacteria from her mouth. Ensure you are consistent to help your baby get used to the process.
To properly clean your newborn’s gums, wrap a neat, damp washcloth around her finger and carefully rub the gums with it.
Better Out Than In
Another essential part of dental care for newborns is being meticulous about whatever you put into your newborn’s mouth – or what they might put into their mouths themselves. This helps to prevent cavities and decay, which can be caused by bacterial action.
First Dental Visit
The arrival of the first few teeth is also a sign that your baby needs to be taken to the dentist. The United States Dental Association suggests having your newborn see a dentist as soon as he turns one.
Consider visiting a pediatric dentist who is specialized in taking care of babies’ mouths. Your newborn’s first dental visit is also an opportunity to discuss any problems you may have.
In case you aren’t sure if you are brushing your newborn’s teeth the right way, or want to know what you should expect whenever it comes to teething, this first visit is the right time to ask them.
Preventing early tooth decay
Babies’ teeth are susceptible to decay once they pop up. Hence, you need to keep some precautions in place to protect your baby from the risk of tooth decay.
Take note of the following:
- Babies between the ages of 0-6 months only need breast milk or formula.
- Clean your baby’s teeth twice a day using a soft toothbrush designed for babies. But if your baby refuses the toothbrush, you can use the gauze or face washer to clean the back and front of each of your baby’s teeth.
- In case your infant falls asleep with a bottle, the dripping milk or formula may soak her teeth, leaving your baby vulnerable to tooth decay. So ensure you keep bottles away during bedtime.
Dental care for newborns is just the start of a long-term habit of good dental hygiene. In case you ever encounter difficulties or challenges with properly caring for your newborn’s teeth, don’t hesitate to visit a dentist as soon as possible.