Lifelong Healthy Teeth Begin with Complete Dental Care at an Early Age
Start a routine even before the first baby teeth appear!
Let’s take a look at five tips on how to ensure your infant’s teeth and gums are healthy right out of the gate:
- Before the teeth appear. Believe it or not, your baby’s teeth started to form in the second trimester of pregnancy! Your baby has 20 primary teeth at birth, some of which are fully developed. Running a moist washcloth over your baby’s gums before teeth appear helps clear away unwanted bacteria and reduce the likelihood of gum disease. You can also brush them gently with an infant toothbrush to get her used to the sensation. Talk to a children’s dentist in Oakville to get the most up-to-date information on how to do that.
- When teeth start coming in, brush them twice a day with an infant toothbrush. Use water and only a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste to minimize the amount the baby will swallow. Start flossing when the primary teeth start touching each other.
- Get that first checkup! The Canadian Dental Association (CDC) recommends infants get their first checkup by their first birthday. Studies show that visiting a dentist this early can reduce dental costs by nearly 40% over the next five years! Get a head start on your child’s oral health and book an appointment with an Oakville dentist who knows how to care for children. It will pay dividends!
- Bottles and sippy cups. Avoid putting your infant or child down for a nap with milk, formula or juice in a baby bottle. These liquids cling to teeth and feed bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Limit your child’s juice consumption to four ounces a day. And don’t let your infant drink sugary drinks from a sippy cup all day long! This can cause decay to develop on the back of the front teeth.
- Pacifiers don’t promote tooth decay per se, but they might affect the way teeth develop, and change the shape of the mouth. Try to wean your child off the pacifier by the age of 2 or 3 to avoid potentially expensive corrective work later.
Proper home care is a great first step. But to ensure your child gets a jumpstart on healthy teeth for life, you must also find a children’s dentist in Oakville. At Monastery Dental or NorthOak Dental, we love kids! We would be delighted to be your children’s dentist in Oakville.