What does a parent do for these future teeth? The answer is simple because the only thing a parent has to do is to rub the baby's gums with a warmly damp cloth every single day. This will help to keep nasty bacteria from invading a baby's mouth. As the teeth show themselves, parents need to brush them with a tiny infant brush using water and a little bit of toothpaste. This should continue until about the age of two when a parent can teach the child how to brush on their own, but with parent supervision.
That very first visit for professional dental services should happen after the very first birthday. At this visit, the family dentist or a pediatric specialist will take a look at the baby's mouth, and this will happen in a gentle way so that the baby and the parent will have a positive reaction to the visit. Proper brushing and flossing techniques will be presented, and fluoride will be discussed. Other concerns will be addressed as well. The main idea is aimed at avoiding future cavities.
At this visit, the dentist, parent and child will begin a bond that builds a foundation for healthy teeth of the child. When those larger back teeth emerge, the dentist can help seal out decay by applying a thin wash of resin to the back teeth, which is a protection that prevents future problems that are created with wandering bacteria.
Dental research has demonstrated that preventive techniques work. It is possible that little teeth may need fillings and other procedures, but these are necessary to insure that the permanent teeth have a healthier beginning. In addition, the research indicates that parents must be a partner with the dentist. This means that healthy children do not get to indulge in frequent sugary treats, and that they do get to brush and floss every single day!