Dental Hygiene Tips

  • Ever wondered what those white dots on the roof of the mouth or gums were in babies?  Those are Epstein's Pearls, thought to be a benign and common finding.  Well research shows that babies with those bumps are at higher risk for the bacteria that cause cavities.
  • Before your baby even has teeth you can start cleaning the gums once a day with a washcloth. This helps remove some of the bad bacteria.
  • Make sure your children drink water with Fluoride in it. There are still some areas of the country that do not have Fluoride treated water.  If you have cistern or well water consider a Fluoride supplement which we can prescribe.  Fluoride is very safe and proven over many years and studies.
  • Start brushing your child's teeth with a tiny smear of regular adult toothpaste as early as 12 months.  This will not be too strong or cause ingestion of too much Fluoride.
  • For toddlers and older children it is important to brush the teeth just before bed and don't rinse their mouths out - this allows the toothpaste to sit on the gums and teeth and work overnight.
  • Beware of liquid medicines - they have a lot of sucrose to help with the flavoring - so be sure to give them prior to teeth brushing.
  • Be conscious of constant grazing, snacking, and drinking - this does not give the mouth time to reset and remove acidity. (Easier said then done in toddlers!)
  • Avoid candies and sugary drinks especially sodas - the acidity and sugar promote cavities.
  • Gum and dental disease is linked to inflammation and infections that affect many parts of the body such as the heart.
  • The bacteria that cause cavities are transmitted vertically from parents and horizontally from other children, so if the parent or siblings are prone to cavities, your baby is at risk.  Consider seeing a pediatric dentist early such as 12 months.
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