Your baby’s teeth will typically start to erupt when he or she is around 6-8 months. Once teeth start to erupt brush them with a soft baby toothbrush twice a day. Most children will benefit from the use of fluoridated toothpaste. In fact, both the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry affirm that applying a small smear of fluoride containing toothpaste will strengthen and clean the teeth. If you use a fluoridated toothpaste, make sure you use a very small amount (about the size of a piece of rice) so that even if swallowed, it will be safe for your baby. During your office visit, Dr. Kiang will assess the cavity risk for your child and will provide an individual recommendation for professional fluoride applications and/or fluoride use at home.
As you begin to introduce foods to your child, keep in mind that high cavity risk dietary habits have been shown to be established by 12 months of age and continue throughout childhood.
When it comes to your child’s diet, make sure they don’t fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup because the natural sugar from milk, formula, juice, and even breast milk, if left on the teeth for extended periods of time, can cause tooth decay. As per the recommendation of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, bring your child in to see Dr. Kiang as soon as their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.
Going to the dentist should be fun and easy! Cavities are preventable and we want to help parents and children have a great experience and look forward to coming to see us!