With the arrival of your adorable baby, there are lots of new tasks that are new for you as a parent. Feeding or nursing time with your baby is important. Here are some recommendations of taking care of their oral health.
1. Use a Washcloth
Yes, using a clean wet washcloth after feeding times will keep your baby's gums healthy. Make this a habit for you to do with your baby. Doing this will also stimulate your baby's gums, which will help promote good bloodflow. Here's an additional benefit, massaging the gums with a clean wet washcloth may aid when your baby starts teething!
2. Avoid Juices in the Bottle
Juices generally do not provide much nutritional value for your baby. These drinks are filled with sugar and have empty calories. Milk and water are good fluids for your baby to consume. Want more information about diet? Here are some additional recommendations from the National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center.
3. First Dental Visit by First Birthday
Schedule your baby's first visit by their first birthday. Why? As your baby's new teeth start coming in, your baby's diet and eating habits will change. Seeing a pediatric dentist by the first birthday will help you get more ways of keeping those teeth cavity free and pain free.
Check out more information, about how to take care of your baby's teeth.
*This blog is part of the Baby Steps Series. Look for future blogs in this series.