Your baby’s teeth may be temporary but they are an important part of your child’s dental development. Even before those cute little teeth have broken through, they require tender loving care to support good gum and dental health.
Caring For Baby’s Teeth
Babies and young children can have tooth decay just like the rest of us if the conditions are right. And it’s just as important to care for their young baby teeth as they lay the foundation for the arrival of healthy permanent teeth as they get older. It is important to begin an oral hygiene routing right from the start.
- Even before baby’s teeth appear, it’s wise to clean baby’s gums with a clean damp cloth to gently remove any plaque in the mouth.
- Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
- Infants should finish their bedtime and nap time bottles before going to bed.
- If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean—don’t dip it in sugar or honey.
- Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his/her first birthday.
- Avoid sharing a feeding spoon or licking your child’s pacifiers, as cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from parent-child.
We’re ready to answer any questions you may have about your baby or child’s teeth. We love getting our smallest patients started on a path to great dental health so give us a call at 248-852-3130 to find out when to make your first dental visit with your child.