Many parents wonder about keeping their children’s baby teeth healthy, but not many people think about their baby’s gums. Oral hygiene is a very important thing for us all, even those of us that don’t have teeth yet. Although you may not need to bring your baby to visit our pediatric dentist until that first tooth starts to make its appearance, it is still necessary to care for your baby’s gums.

Although you may not think that plaque could possibly be a problem for a baby with no teeth, you should keep in mind that, if you don’t properly care for your baby’s gums, plaque can attach itself onto the teeth that are just starting to form and damage them as they start to surface! Plaque is caused from a buildup of bacteria, so the best way to prevent it is by regularly cleaning the bacteria off of your baby’s gums.

Cleaning your baby’s gums is so easy! All you have to do is grab a clean wet washcloth or piece of gauze and gently rub their gums with it. This should be done at the very least twice a day. The most important times of the day to wipe down your baby’s gums will be after each feeding and before you put them down for the night.

Keeping your baby’s gums clean is an important place to start caring for your child’s teeth, and it sets the stage for a lifetime of optimal oral health. But what do you do once those baby teeth start to come in? Find the answer to this question when you stay tuned for our next blog!