February is National Children’s Dental Health Month: It’s never too soon to take care of baby’s teeth

February is a lot of things, but it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month.

If you have a baby (or if you are expecting one in 2018!) you might be wondering when you should start caring for your little one’s teeth. The answer is, right away! There are many things you can do to get baby ready for a lifetime of good oral health (and there are many reasons why you should start right away).

Here’s what you need to know. Read on:

Begin brushing early

Even before baby has any visible teeth, you should begin brushing. Not only will this get your baby ready for twice-daily brushing sessions, it can also help with teething pain and set the habit for the future.

Baby teeth matter

Yes, we know your child will get their first 20 teeth only to lose them a few years later, but baby teeth DO matter! Here’s why: Your child will use these teeth chew and speak, while they hold space for permanent teeth. Cavities should be filled and brushing and flossing should be encouraged.

Dentist visits

Taking your child with you to the dentist is important for many reasons. She’ll get used to regular visits and won’t be afraid and also, the dentist can learn about your child’s teeth and help you with proper care and hygiene. Your child should go to the dentist after his or her first tooth comes in or at a year.

Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, thumb sucking and pacifiers

Breastfeeding is a personal choice, but it can be beneficial to baby’s teeth. It can help with bite and fight tooth decay among other benefits. When bottle feeding, don’t put baby to bed with a bottle.

There are also many opinions about thumb sucking and pacifiers, but most dentists agree that both habits should be wrapped up before permanent teeth come in.

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