Even before their first tooth appears, it is important to keep your infant’s mouth and teeth healthy. Clean your child’s gums regularly with a clean cloth after they breast- or bottle-feed. As soon as the teeth start to appear, make sure the child’s teeth are brushed daily. Dr. Ryan Johansen recommends using a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste between the ages of 2 and 5.
Common habits in children can also lead to dental issues. Parents should take care to dissuade pacifier use and finger-sucking past the ages of 3 or 4. To prevent baby bottle decay and other dental issues, we also suggest that your child stop using a bottle after their first year. Bottles can extend the exposure of your child’s teeth to sugars—such as those found in milk, formula, juice and other sugary drinks. Practice daily brushing and dental cleaning habits. Parents can also minimize their child’s risk by limiting their exposure to sugar and limiting the intake of sweets. Healthy eating and drinking habits is always encouraged by our pediatric dentist.
If you have questions about daily care, call our office at 801-280-9595. Jordan Landing Pediatric Dentistry can schedule you a visit with our qualified team or simply answer your question about infant oral heath in West Jordan, Utah.