Protect Your Baby’s Smile

Baby OPKSFor people who have just had their first child, they may not be aware of the need to maintain their child’s oral health. After all, there are a lot of contributing factors that only occur in the mouths of children. For instance, an infant’s inability to swallow all excess milk can leave the substance growing bacteria for hours overnight.

Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist explains what to keep your eye on, and some of the easiest ways to help keep their mouths safe!

A Strong Oral Health Foundation

It might seem obvious now, but there are a lot of problems that can be associated with this condition. Baby bottle tooth decay, also known as infant caries, can lead to discoloration. This often shows as brown splotches that will not wipe away. When this is left untreated, it can cause the child pain, so please do not disregard the symptoms.

This can mean crooked alignment in the future, which will most likely require othodontics for correction. While the situation might have not felt urgent, it can lead to seriously invasive and extensive procedures. So while I know you are always much too short on sleep, it is important to put that little bit of effort into keeping your child’s mouth safe.

Keep Them Safe

Since babies don’t have the same ability to swallow and close the mouth as adults do, young children require some additional help to keep their mouth clean. Bottle-feeding is a prime area where cautions should be taken. It is best to avoid using any form of sweetener onto a bottle or pacifier, such as honey or sugar. While that may get them to take it in the short-term, it cannot only damage dental tissue, but also promote poor eating habits as they grow.

Leaving them with a bottle in the crib can cause them to have sugars in their mouth sitting for hours. This means that bacteria are allowed to grow without anything stopping them. And your baby’s immune system certainly has enough to handle on its own! Using a cup itself is a beneficial thing for children to know. Start teaching them by the time they are around 6 months of age. The American Dental Association suggests a switch to a cup by their first birthday.

They Need Extra Help

When you’re expecting or if you have a young child, there are a million different health issues for both them and the parents that are consistently on your mind. But some people tend to ignore the risk of decay for their children’s enamel.

Some may think that once the child has lost their infant dental set, that the previous condition no longer matters. However, children’s first teeth set a path that their later growth follows. Protect your child’s smile into the future!

Call Us For More Information!

Contact Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS by calling 913-381-2600 to schedule your next appointment with our team and discuss how we can plan to protect your child’s teeth as best as possible!