children's dental health

Dental 101: Oral care for babies

Taking care of your infant’s mouth both before and after they get their teeth is crucial for your baby’s general health. Through proper care, your baby’s dental formula will be healthy when their teeth come in and long after that. Here are ways of caring for your child’s oral health.

Key takeaways:

– Before teeth eruption, clean your baby’s mouth by placing him/her on your lap and using clean water, dampen a clean, soft, piece of gauze/washcloth then run it along both rows of gums.

– After teeth eruption, floss (where two teeth touch) and use a very small soft-bristled toothbrush and rice-grain sized toothpaste when brushing.

– Consistent oral care by frequently cleaning their teeth, training them oral hygiene and taking them to the dentist.

You can take care of your infant’s mouth daily, regardless of their age.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.