Oral Hygiene for Newborn and Infant
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START ORAL HYGIENE FOR NEWBORN & INFANT?
3 months? 6 months? 12 months? ALL WRONG!!!
Good oral care begins when children are babies.
You should clean your baby’s mouth after each feeding and spit up and for sure at least twice a day.
This is to prevent fungal infection called Candidiasis or Thrush.
Whether you are breastfeeding or using any other formula like bottle-feeding,
you should clean your child’s mouth after each feeding or at least two times a day.
STEPS OF CLEANING BABY’S MOUTH UNDER 1 MONTH OF AGE
- Prepare a piece of gauze/cotton/cloth & glass of drinking water
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap
- Wrap the gauze/cotton/cloth around your fingers and damp it with water
- Gently put your finger inside your baby’s mouth, wipe the upper and then lower gum pad once
- Gently massage the gum to stimulate the soothe tooth eruption in the near future
Do not put your infant or child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice as other product that contains sugar.
The sugar and acid in this liquids cause tooth decay. Expert recommends that your child’s visit to the dentist start
within 6 months after first teeth appear at 12 months of age whichever comes first.
Dr. Rohan Bhatt
BDS, MDS – Paedodontics And Preventive Dentistry, FRPD (USA)
Pediatric Dentist, Preventive Dentistry,
13 Years Experience
Information credited to www.practo.com