Cavity Free by Three
CARING FOR YOUR INFANT’S ORAL HEALTH; IS DENTAL HEALTH IN UTERO IMPORTANT?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare and counseling during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease, which is common during pregnancy, can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Talk to your doctor or dentist about ways you can prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy.
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD FIRST SEE A DENTIST?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
HOW TO PREVENT TOOTH DECAY IN YOUR INFANT OR TODDLER:
- Once baby teeth come in, wipe gums with soft cloth after feeding. This removes plaque and germs that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
- Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle (if needed, water only).
- Limit sugary foods and drinks like juices & sports drinks.
- Protective sealants or home fluoride treatments may be recommended for your child.
- Avoid sharing utensils, cups or food which can cause the transmission of cavity carrying disease.