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TIPS FOR PARENTS

Baby Teeth Matter!



Oral Care for Your Baby

Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. Maintaining a daily routine will help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth. The care of their baby teeth will impact the state of their permanent “adult” teeth.

Avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle, sippy cup or while breastfeeding. This habit may cause cavities when your baby has teeth especially if milk, formula, juice, or other sweetened liquid is used.  While your baby is breastfeeding, wipe the teeth with a damp washcloth as soon as he or she falls asleep and stops sucking.


Baby's First Teeth 

Baby teeth normally come in around 6 months starting with the front four teeth. Don't be alarmed if they haven't erupted yet as every child is different, and some babies may not have a first tooth until they are a year old.  All of the primary baby teeth are normally in by the third birthday. 

As the child grows so does their jawbone, making more room for the permanent adult teeth.  Adult teeth begin to appear around age 6 with their molars first. Most children have the majority of their adult teeth (except wisdom teeth) in by age 14.   The below chart is a helpful reference as to when to expect these milestones: 



Cleaning Your Child's Teeth

When baby teeth begin to emerge, regular cleaning is important.  After feedings, wipe your baby's gums with a clean wet washcloth to help remove plaque.  Start a habit of brushing twice a day when the first molar tooth comes in. Use soft-bristled toothbrushes designed for babies with water or a very small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste. Toothpaste containing fluoride can be used ONLY when your child can spit. Consult your pediatrician about other sources of fluoride supplementation for your child.

It is normal for a baby to fuss while brushing their teeth. Be calm and methodical while continuing to give proper care to your child’s teeth.  With time he/she will appreciate your gentle attention to his/her teeth and eventually will allow you to clean without protest.

Begin flossing when the teeth begin to touch one another to help prevent cavitites between the teeth.  Since it is difficult skill, you may need to help floss until the child is able to do it by themselves.  You should supervise brushing and flossing until the child is at least 8 years old to maintain proper care. 

 
Your Child's First Dentist Visit

Both the American Dental Association and American Medical Association recommend that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur by their first birthday.  Although this seems early, it is the best time to begin preventive dental care visits.  This helps monitor their development, gets them comfortable with the dentist, and educates their parents. 

We also want their time here to be exciting and fun!  

 

 
Your first visit to the dentist is important to us!
 
We will take the time to go over:
  • Tooth development
  • Cavity prevention
  • The right toothbrush & brushing technique for their age
  • Flossing
  • Fluoride options
  • Cavity prevention
  • Diet- healthy food tips & bottle use
  • Emergency education
  • Toothache care and symptoms of a more severe problem
  • Braces consultation
  • Answer any of your questions
**KIDS UNDER THREE are FREE for their first visit**