As your infant begins to grow, so will their teeth. As their teeth begin to breach the surface of their gums around six months of age, it is imperative parents begin to show them proper oral hygiene. It will be years before they can do it themselves, so in the meantime, you will caring for the emerging teeth and healthy gums. Below are a few tips for how to avoid tooth decay in your infant:
- Do not dip the child’s pacifier in sweet substances such as honey or sugar.
- Avoid contaminating anything the baby uses for his/her mouth. Do not share food utensils or pacifiers.
- Do not leave a bottle in the baby’s mouth during nap time.
- If the baby has any teeth that have broken through the gumline, use toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Slowly brush their teeth with a child-sized toothbrush and an amount of toothpaste roughly the size of a grain of rice.
- Be careful what you put into drinking bottles for babies. Focus on using only formula, milk, or breast milk in the bottles. Do not use liquids such as sugar water, juice, soft drinks, or energy drinks.
Baby bottle tooth decay is preventable if you take the necessary steps to protect your little ones. If you have not made time for your dentist at Weeder Pediatric Dentistry, and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Greg Weeder, please contact us today. We can be reached at (402) 932.1177 in La Vista, Nebraska. We look forward to helping you care for your little one’s smile health!