Did you know that as soon as the first tooth erupts above the gum line in your child’s mouth, tooth decay can occur? Thus, caring for your child’s oral health begins immediately. If teeth are visible, they need to be cleaned with toothpaste. Ideally, you should use a drop of toothpaste roughly the size of a rice grain to clean their teeth. However, cleaning their teeth is not enough, as you should also exercise caution with which substances you are feeding to your child.
A common oral health ailment in children is called baby bottle tooth decay and is the result of damage to their teeth, often as the result of sugars in baby bottles. When giving your child a drink with a baby bottle, make sure it is sugar-free, so avoid soft drinks, sports drinks, juice, and sugar water.
Baby bottles are also hazardous to your child’s health because they can stay in a child’s mouth often while they sleep. This habit needs to be avoided when seen, as the liquid from the bottle can leak into your child’s mouth and increase their risk for tooth decay. Instead, offer them a pacifier or teething ring to suck or chew on while they sleep. Do not coat the utensil in any form of sweet substance like honey, and make sure the bottle is always clean and free of contamination.
To discuss your child’s oral health care options with Dr. Amirani and the rest of our team at Sam Amirani DDS, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in Wichita, Kansas. Our number is 3166867155, and we look forward to making your smile shine soon!