Babies are a joy and miracle. As our children develop, we want to provide the best care for their lifelong health and wellness. That includes proper oral health care. The American Dental Academy recommends that a baby’s first visit to the dentist should occur by the age of one year old or when baby teeth erupt.
At Parkside Dental, serving patients from Murphy, Lavon, Wylie, TX, and nearby communities, the husband and wife team of Drs. Jason and Jean Larsen, are focused on helping families develop healthy oral hygiene and care.
Caring for a baby’s dental health can begin immediately. Before teeth emerge, parents can gently cleanse the mouth and gums, using gauze or a damp, soft cloth. Wipe the baby’s gums after each feeding and at bedtime to eliminate bacteria, which can harm an infant’s baby teeth when they emerge.
Baby teeth are also called deciduous or primary teeth. Erupting as early as six months of age, and continuing to fill in up to three years of age, baby’s teeth are comprised of five sets of four teeth each and include first and second molars, lateral and central incisors, and cuspids. A child will maintain these teeth through six years of age.
As teeth emerge, a soft toothbrush with a small head may be used without toothpaste. By the age of one, a tiny amount of non-fluoride toothpaste may be introduced based upon our dentists’ recommendations. Gently brush around the front and back of each tooth. This should continue twice daily until the child can manage the action, at which time parents should supervise the activity. Making brushing an entertaining event will help children develop lifelong dental routines.
Primary teeth serve an important function, allowing the child to chew and speak and as a placeholder for permanent teeth. Being parents as well, Drs. Jason and Jean Larsen enjoy caring for their tiniest of patients. They enjoy helping parents understand their babies’ unique dental needs and precautions such as:
- Limited juice drinks
- Avoiding sticky or sugary snacks
- Thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Teething issues
- Bottles at bedtime
For more information about caring for your baby’s health and dental needs, contact Drs. Jason and Jean Larsen at Parkside Dental, serving Lavon, Wylie, and surrounding communities. Parkside Dental is located at 703 E FM, Suite 100, Murphy, TX 75094. Appointments may be requested online or by calling (972) 961 4244.