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How to Properly Care for Baby Teeth

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The first sighting of baby teeth coming in is an exciting and sometimes scary moment for parents. But after those first little teeth start popping up, parents will continue to see their baby’s teeth come in at a rapid pace over the next couple of years. Although baby teeth are small, they are very important for a child’s overall development and health, so it is important that parents learn how to care for them properly. 

Aside from regular visits to the local pediatric dentist in Sioux Falls, parents will need to be responsible for the bulk of their child’s dental hygiene care until they are about 6 or 7 years old. Luckily, with a optimistic attitude and a few good tips and tricks, caring for baby teeth is an easy task to accomplish.

A Parent’s Guide to Baby Teeth Care

Parents can start caring for their babies gums right away. But instead of using a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean baby’s mouth, use a warm washcloth instead. With the soft, moistened washcloth parents should gently wipe down baby’s gums twice a day. Pay special attention to baby’s mouth after mealtime and before bed.

When to Brush

When children start getting their very first teeth it is time to start brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Parents should look for a toothbrush with a very small head, soft bristles and a large handle. At first, it is perfectly okay to only use a wet brush to clean baby’s teeth. Once the teeth fully reveal themselves from the gums, parents can begin to use a very small amount of toothpaste on the brush. By the time a child is 3 years old, many dentists recommend graduating to a pea sized amount of toothpaste to clean all front and back teeth.

On Their Own

Parents should continue to brush their children’s teeth until they are able to properly hold the brush on their own. It is also important for parents to supervise the tooth brushing process until their children are able to rinse and spit without assistance. For most children, this happens right around 6 or 7 years of age.

A Happy, Healthy Smile

As a good rule of thumb, parents should bring baby in for their first pediatric dentist appointment in Sioux Falls by age one. From there, the dentist can continue to help guide the process and help make sure baby has a beautiful and healthy smile. 


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Mary did a great job of cleaning my teeth and explaining everything along the way! - Laurie M.