Did you know that babies are born without the bacteria that causes caries- the diseases that leads to cavities? And since that’s the case, cavities are actually caused by germs that are passed from adult to child! It’s really important for parents to be diligent with proper oral hygiene of their baby to prevent the onset of cavities. Here are some ways you can protect your baby from getting cavities:

Tips For You:
  • Avoid putting anything in your mouth that will come in contact with the baby’s mouth, like  spoons, pacifiers, food, etc.
  • Don’t blow on your baby’s food to cool it down.
  • Use water to clean your baby’s pacifier, and never put it in your own mouth to clean it.
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid sugar to limit the amount of germs and bacteria in your own mouth– and always remember to brush your own teeth 2x a day.
Tips For Your Baby:
  • Before your baby’s first tooth settles in, wipe the mouth with a wet washcloth each day.
  • Once the baby develops more teeth, you can begin to brush them 2x a day with a small soft bristle toothbrush. Be sure to use a small amount of toothpaste that includes fluoride.
  • Avoid giving your baby a bottle to fall asleep. Sugars from milk and juice can cause baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Before the age of six months old, your child should not have juice. When they are old enough to drink it, make sure to give them no more than 6 ounces.
It’s very important for you to remember to schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist as soon as your child is one year old, or sooner if you suspect any issues with their teeth. The earlier you establish a good oral hygiene regime for your child and take them for professional cleaning, the healthier their teeth and gums will be.

If you’re looking for a superior pediatric dentist on Long Island to care for your little one’s teeth, look no further than Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. For more tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, give us a call! We offer a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!