Early Dental Care
You may not remember when you were a baby and your teeth were coming in, but your parents probably do! If you now have a baby, you will start to notice
around the age of six to 12 months your baby will become a little irritable. This is typically a reaction to the teeth sprouting through the gums. This action will
make the gums sore and tender. Unfortunately, this process must naturally occur. The best source of treatment for a teething toddler is by rubbing the gums with your finger or giving them a teething ring.
The Dangers of Bottle Tooth Decay
When your child is teething, it is important to stay alert to their dental development. For instance, there are several tooth related issues that could arise, one of them being bottle tooth decay. This type of decay occurs when a bottle is left in a baby’s mouth for too long, such as when they sleep. First, you should never leave anything in a crib with a baby, which includes their bottle. When they leave the nozzle in their mouth the sugars from their milk or formula mix in with the bacteria in their dental plaque. Together, they form a solution that attacks tooth enamel and will lead to tooth decay.
The First Dental Visit
Primary teeth are important to your child’s smile because they guide the permanent teeth into place. However, if there are issues that arise while the primary teeth are growing in and shifting, perhaps a dentist visit would be beneficial. For example, if your child is prematurely losing primary teeth or there are some teeth that are not coming in at all, scheduling a dentist appointment is important. The first dental appointment should be around the age of one. The goal of the first visit is to have the child acclimate to a dentist office and build trust with their doctor.