The Baby Tooth Guide

 

Early Childhood Tooth Decay
Do you know that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease?

40% of American children have cavities by age 6. These cavities can be painful. Young children may have to be heavily sedated or even have general anesthesia to get their teeth fixed. And worst of all, if children get cavities in their baby teeth, the infection will probably pass on to their permanent teeth.our

 
You can help your baby avoid this chronic disease
 
 

See the Dentist at Age One

Starting at birth, every baby needs a “medical home” for regular doctor visits to ensure they stay healthy. Many parents don’t realize that babies need a “dental home” after their baby’s first birthday, or even sooner if there’s a problem. Seeing a dentist early can help you make sure your baby doesn’t get early childhood tooth decay. It’s a whole lot easier to prevent decay than it is to treat it.

The American Academies of Pediatrics (AAP), Pediatrics Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA), Mexican Dental Association (MDA) and Mexican Dental College for the Baby (MDCB) all recommend and encourage that each and every child have a dental home by age one.

 
 

Mom Your Oral Health Matters

You can help your baby avoid this chronic disease

One of the biggest risks for your baby to get early tooth decay is the presence of a dental cavity in your mouth. That’s because tooth decay is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted from you to your baby. Everyone in the family should keep their teeth clean (brush and floss). By taking care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy, your chances of having a premature or underweight baby may be less, and you can also reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth. You can also use xylitol products like gum, mints, or syrup which may further help reduce the cavity causing bacteria in your mouth. Once your baby is born, there will be fewer bacteria to transmit from your mouth to your baby’s mouth…so you can see that your oral health is very important to your baby! . 

 
 

 
 

What can or should I do?

Start Cleaning Baby’s Gums and Teeth Early!

The tooth decay bacteria can start growing on the teeth as soon as the first tooth pokes out from the gum, typically at 5-9 months. To stop cavities from ever starting, it’s import to begin cleaning baby’s mouth very early, even before the teeth come in. Simply wipe baby’s gums, tongue, and teeth several times a day, especially after feedings and at bedtime. Spiffies toothwipes are designed for this purpose and have natural xylitol added to help fight those bad bacteria day and night. (8, 8-1 y 8-2).

 
 

 
 

Sugar Feeds Tooth Decay

The tooth decay bacteria use sugar and starch for energy and they produce an acid that weakens the tooth. This is the start of a cavity, which is a hole in the tooth. Any food or drink with sugar can be a problem: this includes juices, sodas, sports drinks, infant formula and milk. After 6 months of age, one of the worst habits for a baby is to drink bottles at night which may cause a severe acid attack on the teeth. Sippy cups are just as bad. If you must give a bottle at night, then teach your baby to only take water at night. Another common form of sugar that is often overlooked is cooked starch-the flour in crackers, cereals, chips, and junk foods in general. Give your child whatever you feel is right and healthful, but be sure to clean their teeth and gums afterward.

 
 

Look Closely and Often at Your Baby’s Teeth

The first sign of a cavity is a white spot, where acids produced by bacteria in the mouth have attacked the tooth enamel. These spots often start on the upper front teeth at the gum line. To check for these spots, lay your child in your lap and lift the upper lip using your fingers. This is also a good way to clean the baby teeth. Brown spots are even worse. If you think you see white or brown spots, your child should see a dentist soon. If you catch the cavity early, the dentist may be able to apply concentrated fluoride to the tooth, and stop the infection before it spreads. They will also help you learn to brush your baby’s teeth better. If you don’t take good care of your baby’s first teeth, your child may end up having a lifelong struggle whit tooth decay.

 
 

The Toothbrushing Habit

Parents must clean their children’s teeth, beginning with the cutting of the first tooth and continuing until the child can tie his or her own shoelaces. Of course, kids should be encouraged to brush their teeth themselves, as soon as they can hold a toothbrush, but parents should be there to supervise, help, encourage and complete the brushing, especially for the night time brushing. This night brushing is critical as the bacteria that cause cavities have 12 hours or more to grow as your child sleeps. Make sure this brushing is done as effectively as possible to stop the cavities causing bacteria from moving into your child’s mouth as permanent resident. Spiffies ToothWipes can help your baby get used to regular mouth cleaning and make it easier for your child to learn to accept a toothbrush in their mouth. (11)

 
 

Teething Discomfort

Several months before they cut their first babies often begin to show an increase in drooling. Drooling is normal and signals the beginning of a phase when babies instinctively bring their hands and other objects to their mouth as part of the their overall sensory experience. When the first teeth come in, some babies experience restlessness or fussiness and increased drooling with a mild loss of appetite. This is an excellent time to start wiping the gums and cleaning those little tooth pearls with Spiffies ToothWipes. Another great idea is to put the Spiffies packet into the fridge before use. The cooled wipes will feel especially good on your baby’s sore and swollen gums as you gently massage them. (12 y 12-1)

 
 

Trauma to the Child’s Tooth —What to Do:

Injury to the mouth and baby teeth most often occurs between age 2 to 3 when your child’s motor coordination for running and jumping is really starting to develop. If your child knocks out a baby (primary) tooth, DO NOT put it back in the socket. This is to avoid injuring the permanent tooth but that is still underneath. On the other hand, if the baby tooth is pushed or bent into the gum as a result of the injury, have the dentist check the right away.

 
 
 
 

Knocking out a permanent tooth is a whole different story!

Pick up the tooth by the crown, not the root, wash it off and put it back into the tooth socket within 5 minutes. There is a good chance that the tooth can be saved. Hold the tooth in place with gentle pressure and go straight to your dentis’s office or emergency room to have the tooth and mouth checked. If the tooth won’t go into the socket or if it is a tooth fragment, then you should place the tooth into cold milk or water within 15 minutes and get going to a dental office or hospital ER.

 
 

 
 

Primary Teeth Development Chart

Permanent Teeth Development Chart

 
 

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