Birth to 2 years of age
- Why are baby teeth important?
Children use their baby teeth to chew food, learn how to speak, save space for permanent teeth, make a nice smile and stay happy and healthy.
- What causes tooth decay in baby teeth?
Tooth decay is caused by a combination of:
- Germs that live in the mouth
- Sugar in our foods
- Not enough fluoride
- How should I clean my baby’s teeth?
As soon as the teeth appear in the mouth clean them daily at bath time with either a soft, clean washcloth or a very soft baby toothbrush.
- When should I wean my baby from the bottle?
You can begin to teach your baby how to drink from a cup at 6-8 months of age. You will have to help the baby hold the cup for several months. By age one, the baby should be completely weaned from the bottle.
- How do I keep my baby’s teeth healthy?
- Clean baby’s teeth twice every day
- Brush and floss their teeth twice every day
- Take your child to the dentist by age one
- Limit sugary drinks and food
- Don’t put your baby to bed with the bottle unless it only has water in it
- Don’t share eating utensils or “clean” the pacifier with your own mouth
- Don’t ‘pre-chew’ food
- Don’t dip the pacifier in a sweet liquid or sugar
- Don’t use the bottle as a pacifier