As parents, we take a number of steps to ensure the safety and wellness of our children—from installing child-safety locks on cabinets and drawers to providing them with healthy food options. However, few parents consider the importance of initiating dental care at an early age. Read through the topics discussed in this article for tips on caring for your baby's teeth.
Prevent Baby Bottle Syndrome
Baby Bottle Syndrome is a condition in which babies and infants develop cavities due to constant exposure to sugary liquids such as milk and juice. This increases the risk of cavities because the bottle constantly bathes your child’s teeth in sugars, attracting bacteria-filled plaque and increasing the risk of cavities. A good way to help prevent Baby Bottle Syndrome is to limit the amount of milk or juice being consumed and fill the bottle with water instead—especially if your child takes a bottle to bed. You may also try to encourage the use of a cup instead of a bottle by your child’s first birthday.
Clean Your Baby’s Teeth
Another way to protect your baby’s oral health is to wipe down their teeth and gums with a damp washcloth immediately after eating or drinking. Once your child is over the age of two, you may begin brushing their teeth for them, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Most children should be able to brush their own teeth under supervision by the time they are six or seven years of age.
Schedule a Visit with a Pediatric Dentist
One of the best ways to care for your baby’s teeth is to schedule an appointment with their dentist within six months of the eruption of their first tooth, and no later than their first birthday. This will allow the dentist to assess their risk for cavities, developmental abnormalities, and other potential problems.
Dr. Deborah Pilla with Park View Pediatric Dentistry is your number 1 resource for high-quality dental care in the Manhattan area. Contact our office at 9646) 402-6578 to get started, or click on the link to our website to read about our services.