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Prevent Bottle Mouth

If you are a new parent, then there are many health concerns for a baby, including proper dental care. An infant has their first baby tooth erupt in their gum tissue at approximately six months before others become visible within about two years. While a parent may not think that dental care is important at this age, they are wrong. Poor eating habits such as drinking milk or juice all night can lead to bottle mouth, also known as baby bottle tooth decay. Additionally, having objects in the baby’s mouth continuously can cause their teeth to shift to the wrong positions, leading to poor dental alignment.

Proper Gum Care

Proper care of deciduous teeth can help an infant’s oral cavity to form properly to help avoid problems such as bruxism or temporamandibular joint disorder. A child with sturdy teeth is able to consume a diet composed of nutritious foods. The correct positioning of teeth also makes it easier for a toddler to position their tongue to make sounds. Potential tooth decay begins at birth due to debris remaining on the gum tissue. Parents can remove milk and juice from their baby’s gums with a soft cloth to protect the underlying tooth buds and bones.

First Dentist Visit

To avoid tooth decay, parents should not allow their infant to sleep with a bottle or pacifier in their mouth. As the tiny teeth erupt in a baby’s mouth, parents can begin to remove debris from the enamel with a special toothbrush or cloth. When a child is fussy while teething, avoid placing sugar filled medications on the gums to prevent tooth decay. Have a regular feeding routine to know when to clean a baby’s gums and teeth each day. Schedule an infant’s first dental visit during their first year to determine if the child has particular oral care needs. Use toothpaste made without fluoride for babies to avoid potential poisoning.

 

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