Will you be welcoming a New Year’s baby, or are you expecting one later in the year? If so, you might be surprised and even troubled to learn, that even baby can develop tooth decay. It is often dubbed baby bottle tooth decay, and it’s caused when babies’ teeth suffer from prolonged exposed to sugar, which can begin to erode the enamel, leading to damage and even loss of those precious baby teeth. Learning about the causes, and preventive techniques, is important to keeping your child’s smile healthy as he grows, but also in developing a beautiful and healthy smile in adulthood. So be sure to learn how you can and should be caring for those precious baby teeth.
Ways You Can Help Care for Those Tiny Teeth
Many children’s drinks are loaded with natural and added sugars. This includes some seemingly healthy choices such as fruit juices. Even milk and formulas can contribute to tooth decay.
Here’s what parents need to know to prevent problems.
- After a feeding, it’s importantly to gently wipe your baby’s gums with a clean washcloth. This can help remove any sugars, that could lead to acidity and eventually erosion.
- Never put a baby to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water, and don’t get in the habit of giving your child sugary substances from a young age, which can set them up for a lifetime of poor choices.
- Likewise, you should never dip your baby’s pacifier in anything sweet.
- When your baby’s first tooth arrives, you can begin gently brushing it with a small toothbrush. Just do not use any toothpaste at this stage.
- And on your child’s first birthday, it’s time to schedule a dental checkup.