Good oral health should
begin at birth and last a lifetime!
As many as 20 percent of children
have cavities by the age of 3, and
those cavities might be avoided with early checkups
by American Academy of Pediatrics and Academy of General Dentistry:
Infants who are at high risk for tooth decay should see their family
dentist between 6-12 months.***
Every child needs to see their dentist
by the age of one!
Parents think of their
newborn as having no teeth. But the 20 primary teeth that will erupt in
the next 21/2 years are already present at birth in their jawbone!
At birth the crowns of
their teeth are almost complete and the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars
have begun to form!
Primary teeth are just as
important as permanent teeth for: chewing, speaking and appearance!
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healthy mouth for your
protect their teeth. If fluoride is not in your drinking water than
ask for vitamin drops with fluoride.
To brush their teeth retract the tongue and check for
2. Check and clean their
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Finger toothbrush and gum stimulator
3. Feed them
food. Diets that contain sugary foods, soft drinks, and fruit juices
are most likely to promote cavities. Select foods from the food groups of fruits, vegetables, meat,
grains and/or dairy. Try to limit between meal snacks. When you do
snack try choosing foods low in
sugar like cheese, nuts or vegetables. Remember the more often your child snacks on food containing sugar
and starches the greater the chance for tooth decay.
4. Never let your baby go to
sleep with a bottle of anything except water. Never dip a pacifier in sugar or
honey. Learn more on how to prevent: baby bottle
5. Take your baby
the dentist by age one. Schedule appointments early in the day, but
6. Check your child's teeth
regularly for any changes. If you see white or stained areas on their
teeth, take them to a dentist. When bringing the child to the dentist for
the first time, it's okay to bring a comfort item such
as a blanket or favorite toy. Make the experience
positive for the child and try not to instill your own
fears into the child
chewable vitamins that list sugar as the first
your child's toothbrush every two months and after the
child has been sick.
9. If a
child is sick, toothpaste should be placed on the
brush via a cotton swab or a clean finger to avoid
contaminating the toothpaste tube
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Amoxicillin and tooth enamel
Dental fluorosis, a result of exposure to excessive
fluoride during enamel formation, is one of the most common defects
seen in permanent teeth. The clinical signs range from barely
noticeable white flecks, to pits and brown stains. Amoxicillin is
one of the most common antibiotics used among pediatric patients,
mainly for treatment of otitis media---infection of the middle
ear. A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent
Medicine linked the use of amoxicillin with the presence of
fluorosis in permanent teeth.
The use of amoxicillin during early infancy showed a strong
correlation with fluorosis defects on the permanent teeth that come
in earliest---the six year molars and the two front teeth. The
longer a child used the amoxicillin , the greater the risk that
dental fluorosis would develop.
Amoxicillin use from three to six months doubled the risk of
dental fluorosis. Doctors have more choices in the treatment of
pediatric ear infections. If you have an infant will certainly want
to discuss this issue with your child’s pediatrician.
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be offered pacifiers at bedtime, and they should sleep in their
parents’ room — but not in their beds — in order to lessen the risk
of sudden infant death syndrome.
Binkys for the
first year is the academy’s new recommendations based on new
research, including studies that have suggested that sucking
pacifiers might help keep vulnerable infants from slumbering too
deeply to rouse
Dr. Stephen Sheldon, director of the sleep medicine center at
Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital, said pacifiers also enhance
babies’ swallowing and are an age-appropriate habit.
While pacifier use can increase the risk of ear infections, these
infections are less common during the first year of life — when the
SIDS risk is highest — than later on, the academy said.
The policy recommends pacifier use throughout the first year but not
Pacifier use in older children may increase risks for
teeth misalignment, but using them in infancy is not a problem, said
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
SIDS researcher at Children’s
National Medical Center in Washington, 10/05
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YOUR INFANT DEPENDS TOTALLY ON YOU FOR DENTAL CARE!
because children under the
age of 5 or 6 lack the physical skills
to really do a good job of brushing and flossing on
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