Aug 26

Are you giving tooth decay to your baby?

Here’s how to care for baby’s teeth for a childhood of healthy smiles.

Avoid sharing saliva

You can give the bacteria that causes tooth decay to your baby through saliva-sharing activities such as sharing utensils, food or licking pacifiers. Once baby has this bacteria, they are much more susceptible to cavities as early as their first tooth.

Brush morning and night

  • Before baby has teeth: Clean gums with a soft cloth.
  • When teeth appear: Begin brushing teeth with a small, soft toothbrush without toothpaste and clean gums with a soft cloth.
  • At age two: Brush teeth with a pea-sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste on a small toothbrush and wipe teeth when finished until child can rinse and spit.
  • Don’t share spoons, forks, cups or any utensil that could transmit cavity causing bacteria to baby.

Eat right for dental health

  • Do not dip a pacifier in sugary substances or put sweetened liquids in a baby bottle.
  • Never leave your child unattended with a baby bottle, especially at bedtime.
  • Never put baby to bed with a bottle or, if you do, only put water in it.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, including sticky foods such as raisins and fruit roll-ups.
  • We now that baby food is expensive, but it’s important that you give to your baby the right thing. Don’t be afraid to use coupons, samples or discounts for baby stuff, there is nothing wrong with that!

See your dentist or health care provider regularly!

  • Parents should see a dentist regularly to keep their mouths clean and limit the cavity-causing bacteria in their mouths which can easily transfer to babies.

Aug 26

It’s never too early to start taking care of baby’s smile!

Baby teeth matter

Dental disease can start with baby’s first tooth and cause painful and expensive problems throughout childhood and even into adulthood.

Children are not born with diseased teeth, they acquire the disease—possibly from the food they eat, but often from bacteria you may unknowingly give them from your mouth. As a parent, you have the power to prevent dental disease in your children. Learn more about simple steps to keep your child’s mouth cavity free.

Are you Pregnant?

Pregnancy is an important time to think about your own dental health. Dental disease can have serious effects on you and your baby. An infection during pregnancy is dangerous and can lead to serious medical problems or may be linked to premature, low birth weight babies. Learn more about simple steps to keep your mouth healthy during pregnancy.

 

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Simple steps for infant dental health

Simple steps for good oral health during pregnancy

Aug 26

A healthy pregnancy includes a healthy smile!

Hormonal changes, snacking and nausea increase dental problems in pregnant women, problems that could have serious effects on you and your baby during pregnancy and after. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist and pay special attention to your oral health during pregnancy.

See your dentist during your first trimester

Start your pregnancy off right with a healthy mouth. Ideally, any infections and problems should be treated between 14 – 20 weeks of your pregnancy. Talk with your dentist if you need additional treatments, as most are safe throughout pregnancy with proper precautions.

Limit sugar consumption

  • Limit foods containing sugar to mealtimes only.
  • Drink water or low-fat milk, and avoid carbonated beverages.
  • Choose fruit over fruit juice to limit sugar consumption.

If you have vomiting or nausea

  • Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda in water after vomiting to remove harmful acid. Wait to brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes.
  • Chew sugarless or xylitol-containing gum after eating.

Brush regularly

  • Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily.