Did you know that sharing spoons or cleaning off your baby’s pacifier in your mouth, instead of water, can lead to cavities?
Babies are born without the harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay. There are germs in your spit and when your spit is passed to your baby’s mouth, these germs start the process of causing cavities, even before your baby has teeth.
At The Kid's Dentist, we recommend that you avoid sharing saliva to keep your baby’s teeth healthy.
Tips for Your Oral Health
Eat healthy foods
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
Visit your dentist if you have bleeding gums or cavities
Tips for Your Baby’s Dental Health
Don’t put anything in your baby's mouth that has been in your mouth and don’t blow on your baby's food
Use water to clean your baby’s pacifier- NOT your own spit
Before your baby's first tooth is visible, wipe their mouth daily with a soft, moist washcloth
When teeth become visible, brush their teeth with a small, soft bristle toothbrush using a pea-sized smear of fluoride-containing toothpaste
Encourage your baby to spit out toothpaste
Brush your child's teeth at least twice each day- once in the morning and once at night
Talk to us about the right amount of fluoride for your baby and ask if your child should be brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride
Avoid giving your baby sticky foods and unhealthy snacks like candy, soda, or juice between meals
Give your baby healthy snacks like cheese, yogurt, or fruit
Only give your baby treats or juice at meal times
Don’t let your baby sleep with a bottle filled with milk or juice because the natural sugars in these liquids will get changed into acid, which will rot or decay their teeth and lead to dental infection and pain
Don’t give your baby juice until they are 6 months old
Don’t give your baby more than 4-6 ounces of juice per day
If you see white spots developing on your baby's teeth, call us right away
Schedule your baby's first dental visit with The Kid's Dentist when he or she is one year old
Meeting Your Baby’s Fluoride Requirements
You infant needs fluoride in order to develop strong teeth. With 35 years in practice, you can trust in The Kid's Dentist to determine your child’s fluoride needs. Your child may require a fluoride supplement if their drinking water doesn’t contain enough fluoride. Fluoride has been shown to reduce tooth decay by as much as 50% to 70%.
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About The Kid's Dentist
The mission of The Kid's Dentist is to provide kind and gentle treatment for infants, children, adolescents, and special needs patients. We respect the trust the parents give our team, and we work to prevent oral disease through education and awareness to parents and children.
We strive to create an environment where each child is seen as an individual. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive dental care in an ethical and considerate manner.