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Best Practices For Infant Dental Care

May 24, 2016

Starting your child off right is every parent’s dream. The same holds true for your child’s dental care. Even though babies may not be born with teeth it is just as important to take care of their gums and clean them as frequently as possible, which not many parents know. Today’s post will explain how to start taking care of your infant’s gums and teeth and how to ensure all round dental care for the long run.

By the time your infant is 6 months of age, your child’s doctor will be able to tell you right then if your child will likely have future dental problems or not. The doctor will then probably recommend that you start taking care of your child’s growing teeth at around 12 months of age.

Then they will recommend that you take your child to their pediatric dentist at the first year of age. If your doctor believe that your child will have dental problems then you may have to take your child to a dentist sooner rather than later.

When it comes to taking care of your infant’s teeth both parents and caregivers should be wary of the transfer of bacteria between you and the child. Bacteria is the main cause of early childhood tooth decay in a child. It is key to start as early as possible to teach your child about practicing good and healthy dental habits.

You can make this fun by participating with your child. Keeping your own teeth and gums clean and healthy greatly reduces the risk of transferring tooth decay causing bacteria to your child.

Another way that you can take care of your infants small and sensitive teeth is to ensure that you do not put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or anything that may contain sugar. The sugar and acids that are present in these types of liquids are known to cause tooth decay and a condition known as bottle mouth.

When it is time to put your baby to sleep remove the bottle from their mouth or ensure that they go to bed with a full belly. If they insist on having their bottle when they go to bed, remove it as soon as they are done eating or as soon as they fall asleep. Another thing you can do is trying to teach your baby to drink from a cup starting at four to six months of age.

Every person needs a certain amount of fluoride in order to maintain dental healthy and that includes your baby. However you can discuss the amount of fluoride your child needs with your dentist only if your water supply does not contain enough of it.

How do you know if your water contains enough fluoride? Simply just call your water company to find out for yourself. However, giving your child too much fluoride can be toxic to your child and can even destroy their teeth so to be on the safe side be sure to consult your child’s pediatrician or pediatric dentist.

Taking care of your children’s teeth is important for their overall health. Besides teaching your child healthy dental habits at an early age and ensuring they have enough fluoride, you can also give your child nutritious foods instead of sugars to help keep healthy gums, develop healthy and strong teeth and to avoid cavities.

There are many things you can do to help your child have healthy teeth and the key to that is to start them off to a great start as early as possible.

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