Early Infant Oral Care

Developing strong, healthy teeth begins before we’re even born! According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) expecting mothers should seek regular oral care throughout their pregnancy.

Important: If you are a mother who is frequently ill, these are some actions you can take to ensure your baby’s oral health:

• Visit your dentist regularly.
• Brush and floss daily to eliminate bacteria.
• Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.
• Avoid sharing dining utensils.

First Teeth: Typically, teething begins between 6 and 8 months of age. Tooth eruption varies so don’t be concerned if your child doesn’t follow this timeline.

First Visit: Your child’s first visit is also known as a “happy visit” and is very important in gaining your child’s trust and confidence for their future cleanings and procedures. We use this as an opportunity to introduce your child to the dentist’s office in a fun and non-invasive way.

Bottle Rot: Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle, sippy cup or while breastfeeding. This habit may cause cavities when your baby has teeth especially if milk, formula, juice or other sweetened liquid is used. Only water should be put in a bottle or cup if your child cannot fall asleep without it. After breastfeeding your baby, wipe the gums with a damp washcloth as soon as he or she falls asleep and stops sucking. Sharing items such as spoons, pacifiers, toothbrushes and toys can spread cavity-causing germs between caregiver and baby and between babies themselves.