When your baby's first teeth start coming in, one of the best things you can do is gently wipe off their teeth after they feed. Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho says that this is very helpful in the early stages of the baby's teeth. He also says it's important that the baby doesn't fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth or while they're nursing because that milk won't be swallowed and it's essentially bathing the teeth in sugar.
The American Academy of Pediatricians just recently put out that fluoride toothpaste is fine for your child and Dr. Hansen agrees. The key is to only use the amount equal to a grain of rice. If some is swallowed, it's such a small amount of fluoride that it won't be a problem, Dr. Hansen says. He emphasizes how important fluoride is for the teeth and for this reason, it's now being recommended in young children due to the high amount of cavities being seen.
Both the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Dental Association recommend bringing your child into the dentist for the first time at about the age of one, which is about the time you first start seeing teeth coming in. The initial visit is for the dentist to communicate to the parent the best way to take care of their child's teeth, as well as allowing the child to become accustomed to going to the dentist.
Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental. He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.