Dental Resources for Young Families
Dr. Sheth enjoys working with families and especially children. From expectant mothers, infants, children to adults it’s never too early to learn about dental care.
Delaware Smile Center would like to provide education resources for young families as part of our commitment to education our patients about oral hygiene and dental care.
For example, did you know that changes during pregnancy could have an effect of on your gums and your teeth? We like to start educating mothers during pregnancy as recent studies show that bacteria that cause cavities can be passed from mother to child through a kiss.
Before Teeth Come In
Infant oral care can begins before a baby has teeth, and that can help to make dental hygiene fun for kids as they grow! Prior to cutting that first tooth, usually sometime between 5 and 8 months of age, according to the National Institutes of Health, you probably will become familiar with the gummy teething performed on your finger. When your baby starts doing that, it will be your cue to brush the gums. Using a wet washcloth wipe all around the gums. Make it a playtime activity, complete with singing! Your baby most likely will enjoy chomping on the washcloth, and that sets a fun precedent for a future of healthy baby teeth as well as healthy oral care. Be sure to wipe the baby’s gums after feedings, again with a wet washcloth. After teeth begin coming in, you may want to transition from the washcloth to a baby toothbrush and toothpaste. Chose one specially formulated for children between 3 and 24 months, and is safe to swallow.
As part of our education resources for young families we conduct a baby clinic that offers advice to new mothers and we typically start seeing children around the age of two.
During a child’s first appointment we will typically count the teeth, clean them with our special spin-brush and take pictures for mom and dad along with answering any questions along the way.
Please contact us at for the next available baby clinic.
Delaware Smile Center int the Classroom
Contact Us to have Delaware Smile Center come to your classroom and demonstrate proper brushing technique, flossing and getting kids excited about taking care of their teeth. This is another opportunity in which we are able to give back to our community and educate our children about proper oral hygiene. If you know of a classroom that would benefit from a presentation, please let us know!
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