From the moment your baby’s first tooth appears, you can reduce the risks of dental decay by practising good oral hygiene habits. Here are some quick and easy tips:
- Clean your baby’s newly erupted teeth with a small, soft toothbrush.
- Use floss to clean between all teeth that are touching.
- Check for early warning signs by lifting up your baby’s top lip. White, chalky teeth or brown or black stained teeth indicate a problem. Contact your dental professional immediately.
- Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.
- Don’t lick your baby’s pacifier, as you may pass along cavity-causing germs.
- Introduce fresh fruits and vegetables to your baby’s diet when appropriate and always encourage healthy eating.
- Offer water or unsweetened drinks in baby bottles and sippy cups.
- Begin regular dental visits by age one.
Find more information at www.dentalhygienecanada.ca