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Infant Oral Care

Infant Diet

Breastmilk and formula are vital to proper nutrition. However, it is important to be aware of the amount of sugar and how that can affect the teeth. Cleaning of the mouth and teeth are important to help prevent cavities. It is highly recommended to avoid drinking juice before the age of 2. Any amount of juice should be limited to less than 4 oz, and water is always a better alternative. 

Teething

Teething is a difficult stage for both infants and their parents. It often leads to fussiness, drooling, trouble sleeping and increased chewing habits. Discomfort can be eased with periodic gum massages with a clean finger or cold washcloth as well as refrigerated teething toys. Always ask us or a pediatrician before using acetaminophen (baby Tylenol). Do not use any type of topical pain reliever, as there is risk for toxicity. 

Tooth & Gum Care after Feedings

It is important to remove residual sugars from your baby's mouth that is left by drinking breastmilk and formula. To start, gently clean their gums with an ultra-soft toothbrush, teething brush or a damp cloth after feedings. When the first tooth erupts, use a grain of rice sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste and brush in the morning and evening. It is important to brush (or use a wash cloth) after over-night feedings. 

Non-nutritive Sucking Habits

Thumb sucking and pacifier use soothe and comfort infants, and they are a normal part of development. If the habit persists after baby teeth have erupted, oral development can be effected. Our team will monitor oral development and can provide you with tips and tricks for helping break this habits when the time is right for both baby and parents!

Infant Fluoride Treatments

Topical fluoride varnish is a fast, easy and very effective method used to protect a baby's teeth from cavities. It strengthens their enamel and makes their teeth much more resistant to decay.

 

 

 

 

 

Falls

As babies are learning to roll, crawl, stand, walk, etc, falls are common. If your child experiences a bump to the mouth, please visit our Dental Emergencies page and determine the best time to call in for an appointment. Our team is happy to evaluate the teeth and mouth as soon as possible after any accident. 

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