Have some questions for our family dental practice? 5 queries about infant teeth answered

When you have a new baby to look after, you want to ensure that everything you do is in their best interest.
And in the first few months of their life, there will be lots of medical appointments to attend and lots of information to take in. But when it comes to dental care and your new baby, it can be tricky to know what is required and when.
At Brisbane Laser Dentist, we are always happy for new families and their babies to join our patient list at our Coorparoo family dental practice. And we are here to answer any questions that you may have in relation to your new baby and how to care for their teeth and gums. We know you want what is best for your baby and will do our best to ensure that they get the best start to their dental journey with our team.
So, what are the most commonly asked questions about baby teeth at our Coorparoo family dental practice?
When should my child attend their first dental appointment?
You should bring your baby to our Coorparoo family dental practice as soon as their first teeth have emerged or on their first birthday if this hasn’t happened..
When should we start brushing our baby’s teeth?
Our team at Brisbane Laser Dentist advises all new parents to begin brushing their children’s teeth as soon as they emerge.
Ask our team about the most appropriate toothpaste for your baby and aim to bush the teeth gently twice a day.
If I nurse when my child has teeth, will it cause decay?
We believe that breast is best and should you continue to nurse your baby as their teeth develop, it is important to be aware that breast milk does contain natural sugars which can cause decay to form on your baby’s new teeth.
To avoid this, gently brush your baby’s teeth twice a day with an appropriate toothpaste and brush.
Should I be worried about gaps in baby teeth?
A baby’s newly emerging teeth are likely to be spaced out; this is normal and as they develop, they should move into a more favourable position.
If we have any concerns about the position of your child’s teeth when they first emerge, we will discuss potential treatment options with you but as a rule, we rarely perform orthodontic work on baby teeth except in extreme cases of discomfort and misalignment.
Is blood to be expected when my baby is teething?
It is not unheard of for teething to cause bleeding and so, a few drops of blood should be nothing to worry about.
But if you notice a substantial amount of blood in your baby’s mouth, make an appointment to see our team, especially if your baby also has a fever. If you cannot get an emergency appointment with our team, please contact another emergency healthcare practitioner.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.