You love your little ones more than anything, and that includes their teeth! Did you know you can help babies care for their teeth, even before they pop up? Oral care is important even when baby is navigating the dinner table with gums alone.
Milk, formula, and breastmilk all carry sugars, and every time baby feeds, those sugars are coming into contact with the gums and other oral surfaces. It’s important to wipe baby’s gums after every nursing or bottle; consider using a damp washcloth, or a small piece of gauze. Additionally, don’t send baby to bed with a bottle. Again, the sugars present, no matter what baby is eating, can settle into the gumline – you might be surprised that when the first teeth erupt, they could already have signs of decay if they’re not properly cared for beforehand!
Babies’ first teeth typically appear around six months of age, but this of course will vary from child to child. When your child does first start to teeth, you can help him or her brush teeth gently with infant toothpaste. If you establish great oral care routines early on, you can help set your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Regardless of when your baby’s teeth start to come in, it’s important to schedule a pediatric dental appointment with Palo Alto dentist Dr. Haghpanah before your child’s first birthday.
Tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease; you can avoid tooth decay for your child by being proactive about oral care! Pay close attention to the sugar content in the foods you feed your child, brush teeth regularly, and make an appointment for an initial pediatric dental check-up with Dr. Haghpanah by your child’s first birthday.