February is National Children’s Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Dental Association and it's an important month because it...
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Dental Association and it's an important month because it focuses on a major health point - your little one's teeth. Sure right now your newborn may have a toothless grin, but soon enough tiny white teeth will start popping up. Now, before you even see a shimmer of those pearly whites, is the time to start being proactive about teeth care.
- There's more to baby teeth care than the teeth. Baby gums need care as well. You can use a soft wet baby washcloth to gently wipe down your baby's gums daily or try a fancier tool like the Oral Care Rabbit - a tiny cotton mouth and tooth cleaner. Wiping down your baby's gums not only ensures that her mouth is clean but makes the transition to brushing easier.
- Breastfeed if you can - breastfeeding, according to Health Canada (among other health organizations) promotes good jaw development and reduces the risk of orthodontic problems later in life.
- If your baby drinks from a bottle, never put her to bed with the bottle. Not at nap time, not at bedtime, not ever. Doing so is putting your baby at risk for baby bottle tooth decay.
- Avoid giving your baby sweetened drinks in a bottle or from a cup. There's no reason for a young baby to have anything other than breast milk, formula, or water before she starts solids.
- Ensure your own teeth are well cared for. Decay causing bacteria can be passed from you to your baby.