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Baby Dental Tips

As a loving parent, you want to ensure the best start in life for your baby, we all do! Remember, we’re here to help you start their life with great oral health.

From caring for their first tiny teeth to developing healthy oral habits, here at Johansen Dental we’re ready to help cover it all. We’ll even explore the power of nutrition in fostering strong teeth and gums.

If you have any questions you want to discuss in person, feel free to contact us today at! (480) 345-0530 

A Guide to Your Child's Oral Health

Caring for Your Baby’s First Teeth

Whether you’re a first-time parent or a veteran of the baby game, teething is a big deal. And once your baby has teeth you know that taking care of those first teeth is essential to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Here at our Johansen Dental office, we are ready to help you through all the stages of infant oral health and dental care. In this article, we’ll explore when to expect the eruption of those tiny teeth, how to clean and care for them, and when to schedule their first dental visit. (480) 345-0530

What to Expect With Baby’s Oral Health? And How to Create the Best Oral Habits.

Every parent wants to know, “When is my baby going to get teeth?” But the truth is, every baby is different. Some babies will start popping out their first chompers at just 3 months of age, but most children start showing their teeth between 4-7 months.

Of course, whether they have teeth yet or not, if you can create healthy oral habits for your baby, it will set them on the path to excellent dental health as they grow. Consider establishing a soothing bedtime routine that includes regular hygiene habits like a bath and brushing their teeth. Even little babies benefit from a gentle washcloth rinse for the gums and tongue to keep away sugars that can become yeast. Establishing these little habits can make it easier for you and your little one the older they get. 

Teething Woes and Remedies

Teething can be a challenging time for both babies and parents. It is totally normal for your baby to begin drooling and to show extra fussiness. There aren’t ways to be 100% certain when those teeth will pop out, but your baby CAN start feeling the pain days or weeks before they do show. If your baby’s gums are swollen, they are extra cranky, and chewing on everything, or if you just suspect teething could be the problem, consider these safe natural remedies to help soothe.

  • Soak a washcloth in caffeine-free chamomile tea and put it in the freezer. They’ll happily chew on the cloth and will benefit from the natural soothing benefits of chamomile.
  • Freeze breast milk and give them small ice cubes to chew on. 
  • Give your baby a face massage, if it feels good to you, imagine how great it must feel when their jaws are expanding and popping out teeth. 
  • And of course, consider teething toys for happy chomping and relief of pressure in their gums. 

Even if teething is full of many uncertainties, you can be confident and help your little one get the relief they need.

What’s the Best Nutrition for Healthy Teeth in Babies?

It’s important to know how to nourish good healthy teeth as your child’s body prepares to build those amazing pearly teeth and begin the next phase of life as a solid food eater. The answers are quite predictable, breast milk is the best nutrition for developing bodies, but of course vegetables and fruits are very beneficial in building strong bones and teeth. 

Addressing a Few Misconceptions

Misconception 1: Baby teeth are not important since they fall out anyway. It’s a common misconception that baby teeth don’t require much attention because they eventually fall out. However, baby teeth are crucial for proper chewing, speech development, and guiding the placement of permanent teeth. Neglecting their care can lead to dental problems and affect the development of their adult teeth.

Misconception 2: I don’t need to worry about cavities in baby teeth. Some parents believe that cavities in baby teeth are not a big concern since they will be replaced. However, cavities in baby teeth can cause pain, infections, and may affect the health of incoming permanent teeth. Early dental care and cavity prevention are essential for your child’s overall well-being.

When your baby starts showing their pearly whites, that is the time to plan your first visit to the dentist. Make sure to bring them in by their first birthday, or within six months of cutting their first tooth.

At Johansen Dental, we are committed to providing the best dental care for your baby. Let us support you through every stage of your child’s oral development, from their first tooth to adolescence. Call us today to schedule a consultation and set your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles.  (480) 345-0530

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s essential to start oral care even before your baby’s first tooth appears. Use a soft, damp cloth or gauze to gently wipe their gums after feedings.

Teething typically begins around 6 months, but it can vary. Some babies may have their first tooth as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months.

Offer a clean, chilled teething ring or a cold, damp cloth for them to chew on. You can also gently massage their gums with a clean finger.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling the first dental visit within six months of the first tooth eruption, or by the age of one.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water to clean their teeth until the age of two. After that, you can introduce a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Gaps between baby teeth are common and often close naturally as permanent teeth grow in. It’s usually not a cause for concern.

Pacifiers are generally safe in infancy but should be discontinued by age 2 to prevent potential dental issues such as misalignment.

Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water. Sugary liquids can lead to tooth decay.

You can start flossing as soon as two teeth touch each other. Gently slide floss between the teeth and along the gumline.

Lead by example! Let your baby watch you brush and floss your teeth. Make brushing time fun and incorporate positive reinforcement.

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