15 Tips for Baby and Toddler Dental Health
If you have a baby or toddler at home, it´s important to keep in mind that the care and dental health of your little one from an early age is very important.
The eruption of the first teeth begins at 6 months of age in most babies. However, there is care that must be taken from birth to promote good oral health and prevent possible future diseases of the oral cavity.
Dental caries is currently the most common chronic disease in childhood. This pathology affects the general health of the child, causing intense pain, facial infections, and even a decrease in their physical development and learning capacity; besides, this disease is infectious and transmissible.
At Channel Island Family Dental Office, we care about maintaining optimal dental health in our patients, both adults, and children.
For this reason, we provide advice on how to maintain good dental health in infants and young children.
- Prolonging breastfeeding contributes positively to the development of all components of the oral cavity, dental, muscular and skeletal, and prevents dental and maxillofacial disorders.
- The first visit of the baby to the dentist should take place after the eruption of the first tooth and before the first year.
- From the appearance of the first teeth, it is not recommended that the baby sleeps with the bottle because during sleep the protective factors of saliva are reduced.
- Only fill your baby’s bottle with breast milk or powdered milk, and avoid filling them with sugary drinks or soft drinks.
- Avoid excessive use of the bottle beyond the recommended age because it favors the appearance of an infant sucking pattern that causes dentomaxillary malformations.
- It is recommended that during the first years of the life of the child, parents stop certain habits to prevent the transmission of bacteria such as sharing toothbrushes or other utensils that the child takes to his mouth, also blowing food and kissing in the mouth.
- Encourage healthy eating habits and a balanced diet that includes foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, and fluoride that help strengthen teeth.
- Avoid excess consumption of foods rich in added sugar, instead offer as snacks natural fruits and cereals.
- Teach your child to prefer water as a beverage of choice over other sugary drinks, such as soda or juice.
- Begin establishing toothbrushing as a daily hygiene habit, starting with the first eruption of teeth.
- In babies up to twelve months brush teeth daily, with a soft brush and without toothpaste.
- In children from twelve to twenty-four months is advisable to start getting an adequate duration of brushing up to 2 minutes, always under adult supervision.
- From 18 months can begin to include a small amount of paste, the size of a grain of rice.
- In some cases, it is advisable the use supplements of fluoride, but it is due to consult with the pediatrician before beginning to use it.
- It is recommendable that the child goes to a dental revision at least 2 times during the year. You can visit our dentist in any of our locations in Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura and Santa Paula.
- Community Preventive Services Task Force. Preventing Dental Caries. Website: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/dental-caries-cavities-community-water-fluoridationexternal icon. Accessed October 23, 2014.
- Friedman, M. 8 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth. Website: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-for-kids#2. Accessed October 07, 2019.