When you hear the term “infant dental care” the first thing that probably comes to mind is the fact that infants don’t have teeth. And although that might be true for the first few months of their lives, as soon as your little one starts sprouting one or two teeth, it’s time to step up your parenting game and learn more about infant dental care. Read on to learn more.
Baby Bottles at Bedtime
As a parent of an infant, you likely have a nightly routine in order to get your little one to sleep. And if giving your baby a bottle before bed every night is on your list of to-do’s you might want to reconsider. Baby bottles filled with juice, milk, or formula contain a high amount of sugar that can cause your little one to get cavities as soon as they start sprouting their first tooth. Because those sugars sit on your child’s tooth/teeth all night long, they are more prone to getting a cavity. If your baby can’t go to bed without a bottle, try filling it with water instead.
Wipe Them Down
You don’t need to start brushing your infants tooth/teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste as soon as they start sprouting. However, it is a good idea to wipe off any potential food, bacteria, or plaque that may have built up throughout the day with a wet washcloth. Take a soft, wet washcloth and gently scrub your child’s teeth. If they fuss at first, keep on trying it until they get used to the idea.
Pacifiers are a parent’s dream when dealing with a fussy, inconsolable baby. And although pacifiers are considered safe for infants to use, they can start to interfere with tooth alignment when they start sprouting teeth. Pacifiers cause your child’s tongue to consistently push against their teeth which can cause misalignment in the future, which will cause your wallet and your child’s mouth a bit of pain. Try to wean your infant off of their pacifier once they start teething— or simply let them use it at night time before bed.
Infant dental care doesn’t have to be a big deal. However, by understanding the above aspects of infant dental care, you can be better informed. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Centennial Dental Center, contact our office today!