Preventative Dentistry Advice
Preventative Dentistry Advice for Kids of All Ages
To borrow from the esteemed Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." And, while Mr. Franklin coined the phrase in reference to the need for fire insurance, it’s certainly applicable to just about every area of life – including dental care. So, along those lines, we decided to give a nod to pediatric preventative dentistry, and suggest a few ways you can ensure your children (babies and teens alike) have in place a dental strategy that protects their oral health through adulthood.
For the Baby
Cavities are good at doing their dirty work regardless of age. That’s why you’ve got to be careful you don’t unwittingly increase the odds your little one will end up with a cavity before their time. There are two important steps you can take to stay ahead of the game:
First, restrict bottle usage prior to bedtime. Or, at least brush or wash their mouth prior to bed. Furthermore, allowing a child to sleep with a bottle that drips into their mouth all night long is considered the number one reason for baby bottle tooth decay, so pack up the bottle at bedtime.
Second, don’t share eating utensils with your child. Why? Surprisingly, by sharing your child's feeding spoon, you can actually transmit the bacteria that cause tooth decay from your mouth to the mouth of your baby. How’s that for gross?!