Seems like there is a new wave of babies coming around all the time, so here are some answers to the avalanche of questions that come with babies.
Q: If my baby is cranky, may I put them to sleep with a bottle?
A: Never!! Besides the possible choking hazard, milk bathing the teeth at night can cause severe decay. This is one of the worst things we have to see in our office.
Q: When should I start cleaning or brushing my baby’s teeth?
A: As soon as they appear! Use a soft cloth or a tiny toothbrush with water initially. At 18 months you can use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste, and make sure it is spit out after brushing. Do this at least twice a day, and with adult supervision until they can do a good job (some people can NEVER do a good job!!)
Q: When should I first bring my baby to the dentist?
A: A baby is never too young! Even as an infant we can give them a “ride in the chair” and make them feel comfortable. We usually will have their first ‘check-up’ on Mom, Dad or siblings’ laps. This really can help transition them into comfortable patients. We recommend giving your baby an examination as soon as their first teeth come in.
Q: Is fruit juice good for my baby’s teeth? I know it is high in vitamins!
A: Even though fruit juice has many health benefits, its natural sugars can cause cavities just like sodas and sports drinks. Consult with your pediatrician about breast-feeding, baby formulas and the like, but always use caution when sugar is involved. Water is best!!
Q: When will my baby’s first set of teeth come in?
A: Typically the first tooth will arrive between six months and one year of age, with all twenty showing up in around three years. Your baby’s mileage may vary.
And the most important question of them all…..
Q: Why should I worry about baby teeth? They just fall out anyway!!
Let’s hear it straight from the American Dental Association…
A: “Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help him or her chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.”
These are just a few of the many questions we get about baby’s precious little pearls. If there is anything else you need to know, please give us a call at 610-525-5497. Your friends at Dillon Family Dentistry are here for every member of the family, including the smallest. Hope to see you soon!!