Many parents will attest that there is no greater joy than holding that new baby in your arms for the first time. After that, come many wonderful milestones as well as a fair number of worries along the way.
But you shouldn’t have to worry about quality dental care for your baby. With a few simple at home procedures as well as regularly scheduled visits to the dentist, you can ensure that your child will enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Click on oral tips below to learn moreKeep your baby’s gums and teeth healthy and comfortable.
Additionally, if your child goes to bed with a bottle, be sure that it does not contain any sugary liquids, such as formula, breast milk, juice, or other sugary drinks. Only water should be given in the bottle that a child goes to bed with, and be sure to clean or brush your baby’s gums and/or teeth twice a day to remove food and plaque.
Children are not born with the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Rather they are exposed to it through their caregivers. But there is a great deal that parents can do to reduce the chances of early tooth decay.
Many babies are soothed by a teething ring, cool spoon, or cold, wet washcloth. A parent might also rub the infant’s gums with a clean finger.
Typically when a child is about 2 it is time to begin introducing a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste, usually about a pea-sized amount is sufficient for brushing.
Children should be encouraged to spit, not swallow, toothpaste. And the amount of toothpaste used can be increased after the child is 5 or 6 when s/he can consistently spit it out.
Some communities have naturally fluoridated water or have fluoride added to their drinking water. Children living in these communities should not receive additional supplementation.
Sealants can dramatically reduce the risk of decay for children and teens. Dr. Ann will evaluate your child’s teeth as they erupt and recommend sealants as needed.