Bacteria in the mouth usually can’t harm the gums before the teeth emerge, but it can be hard to tell when the teeth are starting to push through, so you’ll want to start early. Daily dental cleaning should start as soon as your infant’s first tooth appears. However, to help prevent the buildup of plaque bacteria that can lead to decay our doctors at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center highly recommend regularly cleaning your newborn’s gums with a damp washcloth following feedings.
Since baby teeth usually emerge around six months of age, standard oral health procedures like brushing and flossing aren’t required for infants. However, infants have special oral health needs that every new parent should know about. These include guarding against baby bottle decay and making sure your child is receiving enough fluoride. Baby bottle decay occurs when acid formed by bacteria on the teeth, from sugars in foods and beverages, damages the tooth enamel. Meanwhile, fluoride strengthens tooth enamel as the teeth are forming.
If your child is ready for a dental checkup, please give us a call. To learn more about pediatric services as well as other services we provide at the practice, visit www.nicholascosmeticdentalcenter.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA, call 215-279-1193.