Newtown & Watertown Baby Dentist
Is it true I should take care of my baby’s teeth before they grow in?
Yes! Use a damp soft washcloth to gently wipe your baby’s gums each day to limit the growth of bacteria. As your baby’s teeth begin to erupt, which is to break through the gum, you can begin using a soft-bristled toothbrush specially designed for infants.
Since your baby’s teeth start to develop during the second trimester of pregnancy, it is also important for expectant mothers to make sure they eat a well-balanced diet with sufficient vitamins and minerals. For healthy bone and teeth, sufficient intake of Vitamin D and calcium are essential for moms and babies.
Your child’s teeth need regular cleaning as soon as they erupt. Continue the use of a damp washcloth with your baby’s first teeth and then follow your baby dentist’s instructions for the proper use of an infant toothbrush. Be sure to clean your baby’s teeth after each bottle or meal. Use no more than a pea-sized smear of infant toothpaste. You should also begin careful flossing of your baby’s teeth. At any age, proper nutrition is important for dental health. Most baby formulas are well-balanced with your baby’s overall health in mind. If you use formula, be well-informed about your baby’s nutritional needs and baby formula ingredients. If you are nursing, continue a well-balanced diet with vitamin and mineral supplements as necessary. According to the American Dental Association, your child should see a baby dentist before age of two .
What is dental caries?
Dental caries is an infection caused by bacteria that stick to teeth. These bacteria can grow in your baby’s mouth from birth, which is why pre-teeth oral care is an important part of baby dental care. This bacteria basically gets active by sugary foods and produces acid as a waste. The acid attacks the minerals in the teeth. You have probably heard dental caries referred to as tooth decay or cavities.
Is my preventive dental care important to my baby’s dental health?
Yes it is! It is very important to continue a regular and complete preventive dental care regimen, or to begin one if you haven’t yet.
How do I choose the best baby dentist for my baby’s preventive dental care?
If your dentist does not see babies, you should find a baby dentist to provide your baby’s dental services. If you are looking for a baby and pediatric dentist serving the town of Watertown or Newton, Watertown Dentistry has all your family dental care needs covered. From pediatric dentistry from infancy and on, through adult preventive and endodontic care, to a full line of cosmetic dentistry services, everyone in your family will get the best dental care.
Call us for more information (617) 600-3442