Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Taking care of your child’s teeth is important. Although baby teeth are temporary, they actually help build the foundation for the permanent teeth that eventually replace them.

Baby teeth work to stimulate and guide proper development of permanent teeth, as well as the jawbone. They ensure that your adult teeth will sprout in their natural spot and grow in the correct way.

Taking care of your child’s teeth is important. Although baby teeth are temporary, they actually help build the foundation for the permanent teeth that eventually replace them.


Baby teeth work to stimulate and guide proper development of permanent teeth, as well as the jawbone. They ensure that your adult teeth will sprout in their natural spot and grow in the correct way.

Studies are showing more and more that a person’s oral health is directly related to their overall health. As a parent, nothing is more important to you than the health and well-being of your child . . . now and in the future.

Here are some tips that will help your child develop healthy teeth and gums.

Tips for Teething

Teething is tough. Usually babies begin teething at 6 months, although it is different for everyone. You will recognize if your child is teething. They become more cranky and irritable; they drool a lot, and chew on everything in sight. Occasionally, teething causes children to run a small fever or have other physical symptoms associated with stress.

If your teething child is struggling, follow these tips to soothe them:
• Teething Ring: Let your baby chew on a clean teething ring. Cool teething rings are even better, but never give your child a frozen teething ring.
• Massage the Gums: Before you begin, wash your hands. Wrap your index finger with a cool, damp washcloth, gauze, or a paper towel. Gently apply pressure and massage your baby’s gums.
• Hard Foods: Let your baby eat harder foods like carrots or crackers. Make certain that you break them up into small pieces and watch them eat to avoid a choking hazard. This tip only applies if your baby is eating solid foods.
• Cold Cloth: Wet a clean cloth and let it get frosty in the freezer or cool in the fridge. Once again, don’t give your baby anything that is frozen solid. Let your baby chew on the cloth to ease the pressure while decreasing the inflammation.
• Prevent Skin Irritation: Avoid furthering the discomfort that your child is suffering by preventing skin irritation caused from excessive drooling. Keep a clean, soft cloth with you to keep the sensitive skin or their face and hands as dry as you can. If your baby’s skin seems irritated find a baby cream to remedy the rash.
• Tylenol: If your child seems to be in extreme discomfort talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what over-the-counter pain relievers are safe to give your baby. Tylenol is good for relieving pain and decreasing a fever or inflammation. Acetaminophen is usually given to babies in the form of drops and the dosage will depend on your baby’s weight.

Talk to your pediatrician before giving your child medicine. If your baby is in extreme distress, take them to the doctor to make sure nothing else is wrong. It is normal for babies to feel discomfort while teething, although it is uncomfortable for you to watch. Let the process happen naturally and remember that it’s just temporary.

Brushing Babies Teeth

It is a good idea to practice cleaning your baby’s gums before their teeth come in. Take a piece of wet gauze at night and simply wipe their gums. Once you begin to see your baby’s teeth appearing, pick up a toothbrush with a small head and fluoride toothpaste.

Brush your baby’s teeth twice a day, using a tiny amount of toothpaste. All you need is a small swipe of toothpaste to get the job done—less than the size of a pea! Use toothpastes that do not have fluoride until your child is able to spit out the toothpaste, eating fluoride is dangerous for a baby. Use gentle small strokes and try to brush the tongue if they will cooperate.

If your baby is on formula they might already get enough fluoride in their diet without a supplement. Many municipalities now fluoridate their water too. Talk to your doctor or Red Deer dentist for suggestions about supplementing fluoride to your children. It will depend on where you live, your child’s age, and their diet.

Teach Your Kids to Brush

For the first few years of your child’s life you will be the one in charge of their oral health. Make brushing their teeth part of their daily routine. Incorporating oral hygiene alongside other healthy activities like naps, physical activity, and bedtime will help your children develop healthy life habits.

Schedule regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups.

Taking your kids to the dentist every 6 months will ensure they develop strong, healthy teeth and gums. It will also help them to form another healthy habit of going to the dentist regularly. Make sure that you also teach your children how to floss and what healthy foods they can eat to avoid developing cavities.


If you have any questions regarding specific dental concerns you have with your children, contact Red Deer your dentist at Parkland Mall Dental Centre. They will be happy to assist you and alleviate any concerns you have. Call our Red Deer dental clinic today at 403-342-1118.

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