Dental Health for Infants and Toddlers | Blog

Here at Superior Family Dental we want to help your children establish a healthy, happy smile!  This blog will provide you with some valuable information all parents should know about the care of their baby’s teeth.

“Well Baby” Exams

The American Dental Association recommends that your child receives their first dental visit within six months of the appearance of the first tooth.  Early dental visits will allow your dentist to check for signs of decay and other areas of concern.  This visit will also provide your child with the opportunity to become comfortable with dental visits.

Transitioning from Bottle to Cup

Infants should finish their bottle before going to bed, liquids left in the mouth while napping or sleeping can lead to decay.  Encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday.  “Sippy” Cups are useful but should only be used temporarily.  This way the child can learn to actually sip from a traditional cup, instead of sucking from a sippy cup.  Do not allow your child to carry the cup around, there is a risk of injury to the mouth if the child was to fall. 

Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking

The natural reflex for babies to feel secure or calm themselves is to suck.  Most children stop using a pacifier or sucking their thumb between the ages of 2 and 4.  Once the permanent teeth start to emerge, pacifier or sucking on a thumb can cause problems with alignment and growth.

Tooth brushing for Toddlers

Parents should clean baby’s gums with gauze or a moisten wash cloth following all feedings.  Once their first tooth breaks through, start brushing your child’s teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush.  When your child gets bigger and is able to hold and brush, be sure to monitor your child to make sure they are reaching every surface.  Start with a pea-sized amount of paste and to spit out the paste, and rinse well afterwards.

All of these tips will set your child up for success in continuing their dental hygiene habits!

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