Oral health care should start long before your little one’s tooth pops up. TheacademyofGeneral Dentistryrecommends that babies never go to sleep with a bottle. Milk, juice or other sweetened liquids can cause decay especially because saliva stops flowing through the mouth during sleep stages. If a bottle is a nessesity—just use water.
Another suggestion is to gently wipe your baby’s gums with a wet, clean, soft cloth. This habit should be developed before the teeth even erupt. By the way, did you know that some baby’s teeth come as early as 3 months? Most first teeth come at about 6 months, but the latest arrivals are around 15 months. When they do come, you can use a flexible children’s toothbrush and a tiny, tiny bit of fluoridated toothpaste. When the child reaches 2, then you can use a pea sized amount.
As a rule of thumb, the first dental visit should be when the first tooth comes or when they turn 1—which ever happens first. The dentist will advise you on any concerns; such as, thumb sucking or trouble brushing their teeth. Regular appointments are essential to your child’s oral health, so be sure to make appointments.
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The Following Are Risk Factors For Dental Cavities In Infants/Children:
How To Prevent Cavities:
PS–do not tell your bad dental experiences to your kids– it will traumatize them. I thought that was a no brain-er, but since working at a dental office, I’ve had to cut off a few parents mid sentence.