Did you know that baby’s teeth can start to decay as soon as they appear in the mouth? Early childhood caries is decay that starts in infants and toddlers. This happens when teeth are being exposed to sugars in fruit juice, soda pop, milk, breast milk, and formula for extended periods of time. The teeth of infants and young children can be destroyed from early childhood caries and can even hurt the adult teeth forming under the baby teeth.
The good news is that your child can avoid tooth decay. Babies should finish their bottles before going to bed or laying down for their nap. Wipe the baby’s gums with a washcloth after each feeding. Once your baby’s first tooth appears, start brushing with an infant toothbrush and a light smear of fluoride toothpaste after each meal/feeding. If your baby uses a pacifier, don’t put it in your mouth or dip it in honey or sugar. Training or “sippy” cups should be discontinued after your baby’s first birthday. Your baby should have their first dental appointment before their first birthday so we can get to know your child and make personalized recommendations. We can’t wait to meet your baby!