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Dental Care For Your New Baby

Dental Care For Your New Baby

Dental problems can start very early in life! Keep the following points in mind and you will start your child on a good dental habit to care for his teeth:

-Give your child healthy foods to reduce the cavity-causing germs in the mouth and if the baby has bleeding gums or cavities visit the dentist.

Also read What is Pediatric Dentistry?

– Brush the teeth with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

– Your newborn baby does not have the bacteria that causes caries. Parents and/or caregivers pass on these germs through any activity that shares saliva. Do not blow on your baby’s food Do not use your spit to clean your baby’s pacifier – use water instead. Do not kiss your baby on the mouth!

– Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water.

– As soon as teeth become visible, brush them with a small soft bristle tooth brush that contains a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste until they reach 2 years of age. You should brush your baby’s teeth at least twice daily, Once in the morning and once at night.

Learn about The Importance of Primary Teeth

-Establish bed night routines that do not involve nursing, bottle filled with milk, juice or

any sugary liquids. Letting a baby sleep with the bottle or nurse continuously, if breastfeeding

– can cause serious dental cavities, called “Early Childhood Cavities.” It is

important to note that while many experts agree that breast-feeding is healthier for

your baby, breast milk can cause Early Childhood Cavities just as whole milk or formula


– At will-breast feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby teeth) begin to

erupt so should multiple bottle feedings during the night.

– At 6-12 months of age, babies should begin drinking from a sippy cup. At 12-14 months,

babies should be weaned from the bottle.

– If you see white spots developing on your baby’s teeth, take your baby right away to a

pediatric dentist. A white spot is often the first sign of dental cavity.

– In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the

first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

Also check out How to Care for Baby’s Teeth