How to help your infant’s oral health
Babies’ mouths are still soft and their teeth haven’t developed. This is why they may experience problems like tooth decay and gum infections. However, by keeping their teeth clean, you can avoid these problems and promote healthy baby teeth.
- If your baby has trouble cleaning his teeth with a brush, use a soft cloth and a cup of warm water.
- Never give a baby a bottle filled with milk or juice, as this could lead to tooth decay.
- You should brush baby’s teeth daily.
- Brush the inside of the mouth, including the roof of the mouth, gums, and tongue.
- Use a soft-bristled brush with a small head.
- Clean baby’s teeth after feedings, using a damp washcloth.
Your baby’s first dental visit should occur within 6 months of the first tooth eruption, and no later than the first birthday.
Oral Care For Infants and Toddlers
During the first 2 years, parents play a key role in the oral health of their infants and toddlers. They need to:
- Make sure that the child is drinking plenty of water.
- Wash the child’s gums after feedings, using a damp washcloth.
- Make sure that the child’s teeth are clean before each feeding.
- Make sure that the child is eating a well-balanced diet.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Get a dental exam and oral examination within six months of the first tooth eruption.
- Avoid sugary beverages.
- Avoid sweet juices.
- Avoid sticky, hard foods.
- Avoid foods that are hard to chew.
- Limit foods with high acidity.
- Limit foods with high sugar content.
- Limit foods that contain caffeine.
- Use a sippy cup only for milk or juice and not for water or other beverages.
- Use a bottle only for liquids, not for solids.
- Avoid using a bottle nipple.
- Never leave a bottle or pacifier in a child’s crib.
Visit your pediatric dentist for a complete dental care check-up and complex treatments.