Caring for your little one’s teeth and gums from the very beginning are crucial to ensuring good lifelong oral health. Many dental providers recommend that your child see a dentist before their first birthday to identify any early problems with your baby’s teeth or gums. However, many dentists recommend that oral care for your child begin shortly after birth. While it may take some time for your baby to get used to you cleaning their mouth, this step is a crucial part of their overall care. Here are a few tips from the best dentist in North Raleigh!
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
One of the most critical issues in infant tooth care, this condition is caused by frequent exposure to sugary liquids which can severely damage your baby’s teeth. Baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood dental caries can impact the formation of your child’s baby teeth and even cause problems later on with their adult teeth. Cleaning your baby’s mouth regularly is an important part of preventing this severe form of decay.
Between the ages of three and nine months, your child’s teeth will begin to erupt from their gums into their mouth. During this time your baby may become irritable or fussy, experience low-grade fevers, drool excessively and refuse to eat or experience a dramatic reduction in appetite. All of these are a regular part of the teething process. The gum tissue over the area where the teeth are coming in may become red and swollen. This is a normal part of the teething process as well. However, if you notice any large bumps or areas that look like they may be filled with pus, call your child’s dentist right away.
Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking
Pacifiers and thumb sucking are part of a child’s healthy development. Sucking is a therapeutic action for many children, long after it no longer brings nourishment through the bottle or breast. During your child’s early years, pacifier and thumb sucking habits won’t likely cause damage to his or her teeth and gums, but frequent and longterm sucking can cause problems especially as your child begins to lose their baby teeth.
The best dentist in North Raleigh is proud to offer dental care for your entire family at her North Raleigh office. Whether your baby needs their first dental appointment or your older child needs a custom fit mouth guard for sports this spring, Dr. Garrett and her expert staff can help your family with all your dental needs. Don’t wait until your or your child has a dental emergency to schedule your appointment with Dr. Garrett.
The American Dental Association recommends that you and your child see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and oral health screening appointments. While you’re in our office, schedule a ZOOM whitening treatment to get a dazzling smile for all of those wedding, graduation and family reunion photos this spring. Make your appointment today!