can be painful. It can cause serious health problems
and keep your child from eating and talking normally.
It’s important to start good dental care from
birth so that your baby’s gums are healthy and
his first teeth do not have decay.
To prevent cavities in your baby’s first teeth,
don’t let him go to sleep with a bottle. The natural
sugar in milk, formula and juice can cause tooth decay.
To reduce the spread of the bacteria that cause tooth
decay, don’t let anyone use your baby’s
spoon or pacifier.
Make sure that everyone in your family visits a dentist
at least once a year. Set a good example by taking care
of your own dental health.
Your Children’s Teeth Must Last a Lifetime
Elena and her sister Isabel are learning good
dental care habits at an early age.
If your baby is having teething pain, you can
make his gums feel better by gently rubbing them
with a clean finger. Or let him chew on a teething
ring or clean washcloth that has been chilled in
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Celebrate Your Baby’s First Birthday with a Dental Checkup
- Starting from birth, wipe your baby’s
gums with a clean, damp cloth every day. When your baby
has 2 or 3 teeth come in, switch to a small, soft toothbrush.
- When your child has her first birthday, take
her to the dentist.
- When your child is 2 years old, she can begin
to brush her teeth with your supervision and help. Make
sure she uses a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste,
spits it out after brushing and rinses with water.