Tips for Preventing Cavities in Toddlers and Babies
Babies can get their first teeth from six months onward and is important to take care of these milk or primary teeth and to make sure they remain cavity free. This is why we ask you to bring your baby in for the first dental visit before the age of one or by their first birthday as we can give you lots of useful information on how to care for their teeth and can spot any potential problems early on.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
One problem that can arise is a condition called baby bottle tooth decay and it’s caused by parents putting the child to bed with a soothing sugar-free drink or dipping their pacifier into something extremely sweet like honey. This can create tooth decay as the sweet, sugary substances will provide a source of energy for bacteria naturally present in the mouth, and these bacteria will create acid and other toxins as a byproduct that will eat away at your baby’s milk teeth, especially as the mouth naturally becomes drier overnight as less saliva is produced. If you want to put your child to bed with a drink then make sure it’s plain water, as even formula or milk contains sugar.
Supervise Tooth Brushing
Young children cannot brush their teeth by themselves so you need to do it for them until they’re old enough to have sufficient dexterity to manage this task. Even then it’s important supervise them properly to make sure they brush thoroughly and consistently in that they learn how to floss properly.
Tooth brushing can seem like a chore so try to get them involved through allowing them to pick out their own child sized toothbrush in a design that appeals. Make sure their toothpaste is in the flavor they like, but emphasize the importance of not swallowing it! It’s easy to overestimate the time spent brushing teeth so either buy them an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer or purchase a fun shaped timer that will be kept in the bathroom for their use. Pick out dental floss they feel comfortable using and make sure they use it regularly. Midtown Dentistry can offer you tips and tricks on how to floss children’s teeth effectively.
Another thing you can try doing is tooth brush your teeth alongside them so they can copy your actions. Anything that makes tooth brushing fun and interesting will be worthwhile until it becomes an ingrained habit.
Make Sure They Visit Midtown Dentistry Regularly
Our dental team does everything possible to make sure children feel comfortable visiting us and that regular dental visits are seeing just as being part of life. You can help by treating dental appointments in a matter-of-fact way, and by ensuring you don’t say anything negative about dental treatment even if you’re nervous about visiting dentists yourself.
As your child gets older we can advise you on the use of dental sealants to help protect their adult teeth against decay and can talk to you about the use of dental fluoride. Another important thing to consider is diet, as you need to make sure sugary foods are kept as a treat and that the emphasis is on eating healthily with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and dairy products containing calcium to help build healthy bones and teeth. Your dentist or doctor can give you lots of information about this.