A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby
Healthy teeth are important—even baby teeth. Children need healthy teeth to help them chew and to speak clearly. And baby teeth hold space for adult teeth. This
booklet can help you keep your baby’s mouth healthy and give him a healthy start!
Ann talks with Maria
Ann and her friend Maria were watching Maria’s children play.
“What are you doing?” asked Ann.
“I’m cleaning my baby’s teeth,” said Maria.
“But your baby hardly has any teeth!” said Ann.
“Yes, but the dentist said there are things I can do to keep my baby from getting cavities,” said Maria.
“But don’t baby teeth just fall out?” asked Ann.
“Yes, but before they fall out baby teeth can decay and cause pain for the baby. And baby teeth are important—they hold space for adult teeth,” said Maria.
“What else did the dentist say?” asked Ann.
“She told me that fluoride protects teeth. She also said to feed my baby healthy foods and not to put my baby to bed with a bottle,” said Maria.
“When do you have to start taking care of a baby’s teeth?” asked Ann.
“As soon as they come in. Teeth can start to decay as soon as they appear in the mouth,” said Maria.
“I’ll have to start thinking of those things soon!” said Ann.
Protect your baby’s teeth with fluoride.
Fluoride (said like floor-eyed
) protects teeth from tooth decay.
It can even heal early decay.
Fluoride is in the drinking water of many towns and cities.
Ask a dentist or doctor if your water has fluoride in it. If it doesn’t, ask about other kinds of fluoride (such as fluoride varnish or drops) that can help keep your baby’s teeth healthy.
Check and clean your baby’s teeth.
CHECK your baby’s teeth.
Healthy teeth should be all one color. If you see spots or stains on the teeth, take your baby to a dentist.
CLEAN your baby’s teeth.
Clean them as soon as they come in with a clean, soft cloth or a baby’s toothbrush. Clean the teeth at least once a day. It’s best to clean them right before bedtime.
At about age 2 (or sooner if a dentist or doctor suggests it) you should start putting fluoride toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush. Use only a pea-sized drop of toothpaste
about as big as this—
Young children cannot get their teeth clean by themselves. Until they are 7 or 8 years old, you will need to help them brush. Try brushing their teeth first and then letting them finish.
Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle.
Milk, formula, juice, and other drinks such as soda all have sugar in them. If sugary liquids stay on your baby’s teeth too long, it can lead to tooth decay. (And decayed teeth can cause pain for your baby.)
What’s one of the most important things you can do to keep your baby from getting cavities?
Avoid putting him to bed with a bottle—at night or at nap time.
(If you do put your baby to bed with a bottle, fill it only with water .)
Here are some other things you can do:
Take your child to the dentist.
Your child should have a dental visit by his first birthday.
At this visit, the dentist will:
1. Brush Your Mouth OftenNot just your teeth, you should brush everything in your mouth. Your gums, your tongue, the roof of your mouth. All of these things need to be brushed and brushed often. This will help keep your teeth cleaner longer and prevent germs from taking root.
2. Floss OftenAs most dentists will tell you, flossing is a good thing to do to keep your teeth clean. Brushing can clean the surfaces, but can't do much for the spaces in between. You need to floss to get a totally clean, and you should floss at least once a day.
3. Eat A Teeth-Friendly DietMost people indulge in sugary foods because they taste good. However, sometimes the best tasting foods can be the most harmful to your teeth. Things like sodas, candies, and other sugary items should be consumed in moderation.
Concierge dentistry is about providing you the dental care you need in a manner that is expedient and convenient. That means that those who specialize in concierge dentistry must have a deep understanding of both general dentistry and cosmetic practices.
More Attentive Care
When it comes to your time, concierge dental groups understand how important it is. Since these services take on fewer clients, they are able to give you a greater level of care, meaning that they can accomplish more in one appointment than many dental offices can in three.
High powered jobs are highly visible jobs. That means that you are constantly needing to look your best. Stains on your teeth or a gap can do a great deal to undermine your sense of confidence.