Infant Oral Care – Lincoln, NE
Caring for the Littlest Smiles in Lincoln
You love to see your baby smile—even if they don’t have any or very many teeth yet! At Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, we know just how important this early time period is for their oral development. That’s why we believe that oral care should start during infancy. We provide outstanding dental care for our patients, no matter how young, and can help you navigate this stage with as few problems as possible.
Baby’s First Visit
We like to call the first time your baby comes into our office their Happy Visit because that’s exactly what we’ll make it. Around your child’s first birthday, or six months after their first tooth has erupted, it’s time to start bringing them in for checkups. During this first Happy Visit, we’ll focus mostly on helping your baby feel comfortable with our team and have a positive experience. Dr. Marty will gently inspect their teeth and gums to check for any existing problems in an oral health risk assessment and for any indications of future developmental issues as well.
This appointment is a great opportunity to ask Dr. Marty any questions you have about your baby’s oral care and how you can keep their mouth cavity free. Plus, he can give you tips for handling the next stage in your child’s oral development. Then, we’ll perform a gentle cleaning with our friendly, caring hygienists.
Other than at-home dental care and the biannual checkup with Dr. Marty, fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to protect your baby’s teeth from decay. We can apply this safe treatment directly to their teeth, strengthening their enamel, which is thinner and weaker than the enamel found in adult teeth.
At home, you can start using fluoride toothpaste when your child is a little older and able to spit it out instead of swallowing it. Be sure to talk to Dr. Marty about their toothpaste at your child’s next visit!
Teething can be a challenging time for everyone in the family, but it is an important step for your baby. They may drool more than usual and want to chew on things. You may find the your baby feels sore, is fussy during the day, and has trouble sleeping. Try to stay patient through this process and follow these helpful tips:
- Give your baby a cold teething toy to gnaw on.
- Rub you baby’s gums with a clean finger.
- Ask your pediatrician if they can have infant acetaminophen.
Infants commonly suck their thumbs or fingers as a way to comfort or soothe themselves. However, once your baby’s teeth start coming in, this habit can interfere with their oral development, including their teeth alignment. As the father of four children, Dr. Marty and the rest of our team can give you proven advice on how to help your child break this habit in the happiest, best way possible.
Brushing Gums after Feedings
Did you know that caring for your child’s oral health can start even before the first tooth comes in? The sugars in breastmilk and formula can linger in their mouth, allowing bacteria to surround their vulnerable gums. When your baby finishes a feeding, take a damp washcloth or a very soft bristled toothbrush and gently rub their gums. After their teeth arrive, continue to use the toothbrush to help their adorable smile stay healthy.
If you have any questions about how to keep your baby’s precious teeth healthy, just give us a call! We are happy to help even the smallest patient be able to keep smiling.