Preventing Tooth Decay in Your Baby

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Baby teeth don’t stick around forever. Eventually they will fall out and make room for your child’s adult teeth. Be that as it may, they still need to be healthy and strong, even if they won’t keep their current jobs forever. As small and as temporary as they may be, your child’s baby teeth need to be protected from decay.
One of the sources of problems for your child’s teeth is what is known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay happens when your child is continuously exposed to sugary drinks in her bottle. You should beware of this if you your baby to bed at night with a bottle. Sugars and acids that are present in some fruit juices can attack your child’s teeth. Coating a pacifier in sugar or honey can also lead to decay. For the best results, only put water, formula, breast milk or regular milk in your baby’s bottle. You might be passing on bacteria to your baby if you share a spoon with her, or use your own saliva to clean a pacifier. A clean cloth or piece of gauze is a better solution.
If you are still waiting for your child’s teeth to come in, keep her gums clean with a piece of gauze. When her teeth do start to show up, use a small toothbrush and pea-sized drop of toothpaste to brush her teeth. Your dentist can advise you when to start using a fluoride toothpaste. Incidentally, you should make an appointment to make an appointment to visit us after her first tooth comes in.
There is a lot to learn with a new baby, and her new teeth are no exception. Dr. Paul Tetting at Tetting & Tetting, DDS in Appleton, Wisconsin can answer your questions and help ensure your her oral health. If you have a new member of your family, or if it is time for your child’s first dental visit, contact us today at 920-739-9612.