Tips on caring for your baby’s new teeth

New mothers often ask Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. what they should be doing to take care of their infants’ brand new pearly whites. It’s a common question, and there are several things to consider when deciding how you will clean your child’s teeth.

Dr. Steadman, along with many dentists, recommends using a piece of gauze slightly moistened with water to wipe away plaque from baby teeth as soon as they sprout. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, in order to help form the habit for your child once he or she gets old enough to brush alone.

After your baby has grown a few more teeth, dentists suggest using a small toothbrush with two or three rows of very soft bristles to gently brush. You should consult with your baby’s dentist on what type of toothpaste you should use. Depending on the fluoride levels in your water supply, you may want to choose toothpaste that is more or less fluoridated. It is important that fluoride levels are carefully monitored, as too much can be toxic to children or cause tooth discoloration.

Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. runs a family dentist practice that provides service to patients of all ages. If you have questions, call us today at (512) 259-3365.