Learn how to take care of a baby’s teeth including whether or not to brush a baby’s gums before teeth are even visible.
How do you prevent your son, daughter, or soon-to-be-newborn from having dental problems in the future? Brush, floss, and avoid candy – that’s about it right? …Not exactly.
Learn what every pediatric or family dentist wants you to know about a child’s teeth.
Here are 5 things our family dentist wants you to know about your child’s baby teeth:
1. Clean Before There Are Teeth
Use a soft, damp washcloth to clean gums after each feeding. A soft toothbrush is perfect once teeth pop through, but don’t use fluoridated toothpaste until your child can spit. Swallowing can cause tummy aches or dark mineral deposits on developing teeth.
2. Baby Teeth Decay Easily – and Quickly
The enamel on baby teeth is very, very thin. Even a small cavity can quickly turn into an abscessed tooth. Don’t hesitate to take your child to the dentist if you notice any discoloration, decay, or they seem to be in pain. A painful toothache can put your child in the hospital, with risk of infection spreading to her brain (it happens more often than you might think.)
3. Don’t Put Baby to Bed With a Bottle
A bottle of milk can pour natural sugars over the teeth all night long, drastically increasing the risk of cavities. Cut sugars throughout the day by eliminating juice and milk from being carried around in a sippy cup for long periods of time. Opt for water instead if your baby or toddler is thirsty.
4. Throw Pacifiers Away Early
Using a pacifier or bottle past age 1 can promote what we call an “open bite,” or bite where the front teeth don’t close together properly. This can add up to expensive orthodontic treatment later on! Prevention is best when it comes to future smiles. If you need help with a thumb habit, let us know!
5. See a Dentist Early
Visit a family or pediatric dentist in Centennial, CO as soon as your child has his or her first birthday, or right after their first tooth erupts. Early visits help your child feel comfortable with the dentist, and give us a chance to stop cavities before they start.
Are you looking for a pediatric dentist in Centennial, CO? Dr. Young’s family practice is happy to see patients of all ages. Call us today!