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Tips for Keeping Tiny Teeth Healthy
8/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Tiny Teeth Healthy

There is nothing quite like seeing your baby smile with that first tiny tooth peeking through! But, did you know healthy dental habits should begin before the first tooth cuts to prevent tooth decay? Tooth decay might first appear as white spots at the gum line. These spots are hard to see at first—even for a dentist without the proper equipment. 

"Tooth decay develops when a baby’s mouth is infected by acid-producing bacteria that can be passed through saliva from parents and caregivers,” said Dr. Eric A. Sanders, pediatric dentist with Sanders Pediatric Dentistry. "The most common way this happens is sharing spoons or cups and cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth to hand back to the child. Tooth decay also develops when the baby’s teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for long periods. The most common way this happens is when parents put their child to bed with a bottle.”

Preventing tooth decay should start as early as conception with the mother practicing good oral hygiene to prevent the risk of spreading bacteria—brushing twice a day, flossing daily and continuing with regular dental visits prior to delivery. Once the child is born, set them up for a lifetime of good oral health with these strategies for infants from Dr. Sanders. 

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth:

•      Wipe their gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth

  in the morning after the first feeding and right before bed

  When teeth erupt, start brushing twice a day 

  with a soft, small-bristled toothbrush 

           -     If they are under the age of 2, use a smear of toothpaste

           -     If they are between 2 – 5 years old, use a pea-size 

        amount of toothpaste

            -    Be sure & use an American Dental Association (ADA)-accepted  

        fluoride toothpaste & that your child does not swallow it

  Begin flossing daily when any two teeth touch

  Do not put your child to bed with a bottle or food

  Do not use bottles or sippy cups as pacifiers

  Limit the amount of sweet or sticky foods; 

 serve juice only during meals or not at all

  Visit the dentist by their first birthday

Tooth decay can be prevented. Talk to your child’s dentist if you see any sign of decay or have questions about your child’s teeth. With the right care, your child can grow up to have healthy teeth for a lifetime of smiles!

To learn more about the services Sanders Pediatric Dentistry offers or to schedule your first visit, please visit www.sanderspediatricdentistry.com or call 337-433-5437.

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