Parents will generally do everything they can to ensure the safety and comfort of their child. For some parents, this will mean proper nutrition for their newborn from day one. For others, there is a belief that offering a child whatever they cry for is the right approach. As research continues to find a correlation between dental health and overall health, it is easy to see how making the right choices from birth can have an impact on every aspect of a child’s life.
Your dentist will tell you that babies that receive sugary beverages in their bottles are much more prone to tooth decay than babies that do not. Some parents believe that since those baby teeth fall out over time, there is no urgency in protecting them.
Those first teeth (also known as deciduous or primary teeth) lay the groundwork for the permanent teeth.
Those first teeth (also known as deciduous or primary teeth) lay the groundwork for the permanent teeth. If those early teeth suffer from decay, they could be lost prematurely or the child might have to undergo additional treatment throughout the years.
There are many steps that can be taken to safeguard those baby teeth:
- Do not put your child to bed for a nap or for the night with a baby bottle containing anything but water. Even milk or formula contains sugar that can cling to the teeth allowing harmful bacteria to form.
- As baby’s teeth begin to erupt around the age of six months, get in the habit of cleaning their teeth initially with a soft cloth like gauze. Around twelve months, a soft bristle tooth brush and age appropriate tooth paste can be used.
- Baby should be taken for their first visit to the dentist around the age of one. These early visits are very important as they lay the groundwork for the child to be comfortable going to the dentist, and provide insight into any problems that might be developing.
- Proper nutrition with minimal sugary snacks will help your child develop healthy teeth.
Just as an adult needs their teeth to chew, develop words properly and smile with confidence, your child’s needs are the same. Develop good habits early on, teach through example (daily flossing and brushing in front of children), provide the proper nourishment and make sure your child sees the dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam.
For more information and additional steps to take to keep your baby’s teeth healthy, contact the Dallas TX office of Dr. Kozlow today.