A pediatric dentist serving patients through Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, helps new parents understand how best to approach oral care for their infants. In preparation for his oral health career, Dr. Glenn J. Marie achieved his doctor of dental surgery (DDS) from the New York College of Dentistry.
Parents can practice regular hygiene on their infants to avoid preventable illnesses that can negatively impact oral health. Once an infant is born, parents ought to get in the habit of cleaning their mouths by regularly wiping their gums.
Once the first baby teeth erupt, usually between an infant’s third and ninth months, it’s important to ensure they remain clean by carefully brushing them with water about three times daily. Parents ought not to introduce toothpaste until their children reach two years of age.
Before an infant’s first birthday, parents should schedule an appointment with their dentist, who will perform a thorough examination of the infant’s mouth. If necessary, a dental hygienist may conduct an oral cleaning and apply a fluoride treatment that helps protect infant teeth from cavities.