Facts and myths about baby’s teeth care

Dental CareAs soon as you announce that you’re pregnant, you’ll probably find that lots of people in your life are experts in baby care, handing out advice whether you ask for it or not – some of it good; some — not so good. Magazines, TV and of course, the Internet, are also full of stories, information and recommendations about what’s best for your baby.

If you’re trying to make sure you do all the right things for your baby’s teeth, it’s best to listen to your dentist. So check out this info from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – they definitely know how to separate the facts of good childhood dental care from the myths that may still be circulating in the neighborhood.

> Fact
You should clean your baby’s mouth and gums with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush, even before their teeth erupt.
> Myth
Babies’ teeth don’t need to be brushed twice a day. (Actually, they do!)
> Fact
Your baby should see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday, or as soon as the first teeth come in.
> Myth
It’s okay to let your baby go to bed with a bottle of formula or juice. (If you must put your baby to bed with a bottle, it should contain nothing but water – or you’re setting them up for baby bottle tooth decay.)
> Myth
Breast-fed babies don’t need to have their teeth cleaned or brushed. (All babies need to have their teeth cleaned.)
> Fact
Even though their teeth may not have erupted yet, infants still need fluoride to help their developing teeth grow strong. (Fluoride has been shown to reduce tooth decay 50-70%.)
> Fact
Pacifiers are better than thumbs for comforting new babies.
> Fact
Never let your baby sleep with a pacifier.
> Fact
Your dentist has various tips and techniques for helping your child give up their pacifier sucking habits.
> Myth
You can substitute a bottle nipple for a pacifier (Never!)
> Fact
You can get even more information about taking care of your baby’s teeth at Children’s Dental Fun Zone. Call us today: 800-717-KIDS.

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