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So you have a new baby! Congratulations from all of us at Lighthouse Dental and Orthodontics! You have a great deal on your mind right now, getting used to having a new baby in the house and taking care of meals, baths, playtime, and just getting a little sleep now and then. Even though you have a full plate, be sure that you make your child’s oral health a priority.

When should you make the first dental appointment for your child? Ideally it should be within six months after her first tooth comes in, but before her first birthday.

Until then, remember, she has all of her baby teeth. You can’t see them because they are still in her gums, but they are there and they will start coming in, or erupting soon. While her teeth haven’t made an appearance just yet, bacteria and plaque are already present on her gums. You can use a clean piece of gauze to keep her gums clean.

When her teeth start coming in, you will know it! She will become fussy, she may not sleep well or may not want to eat. You may also notice that she is drooling more than usual. At this point, you will want to give her a teething ring, or small spoon that you have chilled in the refrigerator. A pacifier or the top of one her bottles can also work, but remember to properly clean anything you give her first, and don’t use your own mouth to clean a pacifier, teething ring or bottle top. Doing so may transfer bacteria from your mouth to hers.

Speaking of bottles, avoid sugary drinks. Give your baby water, formula or breast milk. When you put her down for the night or at nap time, you might try not giving her a bottle. But if you do give her one, fill it with water.

Dr. Sam Richey and the entire staff at Lighthouse Dental and Orthodontic offer a wide range of dental services for your entire family, and we look forward to being part of your family’s life. If you have a new arrival and would like us to give her an examination and answer any questions; or if you or a member of your family have another dental need, contact us today at our office in Riverton, Utah at 801-446-6310.