Your Infant and Their Oral Care Needs

When raising a young one, many parents can become overwhelmed by the amount of care and nurturing their infant needs. This is why, in many cases, an infant’s teeth and their overall oral hygiene becomes something that is put on the back burner.

On average, teeth will begin to show in your infant anywhere between 3 and 9 months. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should see a dentist before he or she turns 1 year old. Shockingly, only 3% of parents were aware of this recommendation! It is our goal to educate families on the importance of having your infant checked out by a dentist before any problems begin.

Today, tooth decay is a leading childhood disease but is something that can be easily preventable. The eruption of a tooth is the very beginning of a long process and with the proper care and professional advice, you can keep your child’s mouth cavity-free. It’s one of, if not the most important time to have your child’s teeth looked at by a dentist. Another way to help keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy is to thoroughly wipe your child’s mouth clean after feeding. This is something many mother’s aren’t aware of and could greatly benefit from. Also, mother’s milk and formula are full of sugars that create bacteria that will easily turn to plaque, especially in a brand-new tooth. Once plaque begins to build, cavities form.
If you begin to see discoloration or white spots, you should contact your local dentist immediately. Tooth decay at a young age can lead to life-long, costly complications and in rare cases, even infant fatalities. You have to remember, those brand-new teeth as an infant will remain around for all of the child’s toddler and adolescent years. If you have any questions regarding the oral care of your young child, give us a call anytime at 303-399-0400 or stop by our website at ly become plaque, especially in a brand-new tooth. Once plaque begins to build, cavities form.