Tap water is generally treated with flouride, however if you child regularly drinks bottled water they are getting this benefit. A small, pea sized dab of flouridated toothpaste is recommended when brushing your child’s teeth.
Dental sealants protect teeth from decay by bonding to the teeth and filling in any weak areas (pits or grooves) that may be susceptible to plaque build up and decay. If you child is a candidate for this procedure, combined with good oral hygiene and regular checkup, sealants can be 100% effective against tooth decay.
Baby teeth or “primary teeth” server as placeholders for permanent teeth. If they are removed too soon, or if they begin to decay, the underlying permanent teeth are affected. That’s why it’s critical to provide good oral health care in your developing child.
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle problems particular to children, such as fear, anxiety, developmental issues and prevention techniques. Our offices are specifically designed to accomodate small people and to make their visit fun!
In a word, yes. Bacteria can be transferred through contact.
Begin by cleaning the baby’s mouth after every breast or bottle feeding. Do this by wiping the baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad. This removes plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) and residual food that can harm erupting teeth. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, tooth decay can occur. Therefore, when your child’s teeth begin to erupt, brush them gently with a child’s size toothbrush and water. Brush the teeth of children over age two with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Be sure they spit out the toothpaste and rinse with water. (Ask your child’s dentist or physician if you are considering using fluoride toothpaste before age two.)
Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottle before going to bed. Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles; avoid putting sugary beverages such as juice or soda in bottles. It’s also important that caregivers take care of their own oral hygiene and avoid sharing saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers before giving them to babies.
As soon as the tooth erupts from the gum, plaque can begin to build up if oral hygiene is not properly maintained.
Plaque causes cavities. Bacteria + food & liquids with sugar in them causes plaque (that sticky film in your mouth). Regular brushing and flossing eliminates the plaque.