Lindsay Gill: Baby teeth

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Baby teeth

Erin from FitFunLifestyle helped me ask the dentists at Baystate Dental in Western Massachusetts about baby teeth.  Luke already has six baby teeth and I wanted to make sure that we were taking care of them properly.  Here's what they had to say:

1. What age would you recommend children seeing a dentist and what can they expect?

Anywhere between 1-3 years old depending on how many teeth the child has and if there are any issues with the child's teeth. 

2.  What type of hygiene should parents be performing on children before after after teeth come in?

Parents should use a wet washcloth twice per day and gently rub the gums before the child's teeth come in. After the baby teeth emerge they can be lightly brushed twice a day with water. 

3. What pacifier do you recommend? 

We do not recommend pacifiers for children over the age of 6 months as they can affect the formation of baby teeth and the shape of the baby's mouth. If you do use a pacifier make sure it is BPA free. 

4. Any other recommendations for oral health? 

Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle. This can cause what is commonly known as "bottle rot" if the baby falls asleep with the bottle in their mouth. 

Thank you Baystate Dental!  

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