“When” to care for your baby’s teeth is never a question.
Since day one of birth, there must be some sort of oral care set in place for your child.
One big misconception is that oral hygiene is only necessary once one develops their teeth. Others believe oral hygiene is only important once one develops their permanent, adult teeth. Wrong and even more wrong!
Even if the mouth only contains gums, oral hygiene is absolutely vital. We still have oral bacteria in our mouths. Thus, this bacteria can cause a variety of different problems from gum disease to pancreatic cancer.
Our baby’s teeth must be cleaned twice daily with a clean, wet washcloth to ensure a healthy set of gum tissue. This gum tissue must be clean and sterile for future baby teeth to form, which are ready to develop very soon. Unhealthy gum tissue, on the other hand, can cause a variety of oral health problems in the future.
As your child’s first tooth comes in, it’s time for twice-a-day toothbrushing and biannual dental visits. Caring for the baby teeth promotes good oral health in addition to a healthy basis for permanent teeth to develop. Opt for a baby-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, and ideally take your infant to a pediatric dentist by age one for a proper checkup.
Failure to care for your baby’s gums and/or teeth now sets up major roadblocks, future oral-related challenges, and higher dental expenses in the future. If you believe failing to commit to your infant’s oral health saves time and money, you’re wrong. The worse your child’s oral health is earlier on, the higher the chances they will develop issues in the mouth sooner in life. As a result, this increases the chances of having to have costly dental procedures set in place to renew your child’s oral health.
In fact, failure to care for your child’s teeth can also promote a long road of more oral-related problems far into your child’s future. Excess oral bacteria, tooth loss, tooth discoloration, gum disease, lack of oral hygiene, and even risks of general health problems are sure to occur without the proper oral care.
One may believe the crucial time to care for oral health is once the adult teeth develop, but in actuality, it begins the day of birth. Control your baby’s oral health and hygiene early to keep up it before it gets worse with time.