Protecting Your Baby’s Teeth From Cavities

Protecting Your Babies teeth From Cavities

Cavities are caused by germs passed from adult to child. Babies are born without the bacteria that cause caries, the disease that leads to cavities! They get the caries bacteria from saliva that is passed from their caregivers mouth to their own mouths. By sharing saliva on spoons from testing food before feeding it to babies, cleaning off pacifiers with your mouth instead of rinsing it in water, and through other avenues of shared saliva, the bacteria is passed. These germs will start the process that causes cavities even before babies get their first tooth. Because of this, it is important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start! Here are some tips for keeping your baby’s teeth healthy:

Tips For You

  • Be sure to eat healthy foods that reduce the caries bacteria in your mouth.
  • Brush your teeth morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Don’t put anything in your babies mouth that has been in your mouth, including spoons, toothbrushes, pacifiers, food, etc. Don’t even blow on your baby’s food!
  • Do not use spit to clean your baby’s pacifier. Use water instead.
  • If you have bleeding gums or cavities, yuoo should visit your dentist as soon as possible!

Tips For Your Baby

  • Before your baby’s first tooth becomes visible, you should wipe your child’s mouth.
  • Use a soft moist cloth everyday after feeding to wipe the gums down.
  • As soon as you see the first tooth begin brushing it with a small soft toothbrush made for babies.
  • Use a small pea-sized smear of fluoride-containing toothpaste.
  • Encourage your baby to spit out the toothpaste.
  • Your should brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
  • Keep in mid the most important time to brush your child’s teeth is right before bedtime.
  • Talk to your baby’s pediatrician or pediatric Dentist whether your baby should be brushing with fluoride and for the right amount.
  • Avoid sticky foods and unhealthy snacks like candy, soda or juice in between meals.
  • Feed your baby healthy snacks like cheese, yogurt and fruit.
  • Only feed your baby treat at mealtime.
  • Establish bedtime routines using water in their bottles not milk or juice which can lead to rot and decay, infection and pain.
  • Avoid letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle.
  • Avoid sippy-cups filled with juice in between meals.
  • Give your child juice after they are at least 6 months of age.
  • Do not give more than 4-6 ounces of juice per day.
  • If you see white spots developing on your baby’s teeth, take them to your pediatric dentist right away.
  • White spots are often the first sign of a dental cavity.
  • Be sure to schedule your baby’s first visit with a pediatric dentist at 1 year of age.

Pediatric Dentist’s have training, above and beyond dental school, working with babies and young children. At Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill all of our pediatric dentists are members of The American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentists, American Society of Dentistry for Children and the Contra Costa Dental Society. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your baby! 925-947-1188

 Remember Рfirst tooth, first birthday, first dental visit!


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