Breastfeeding: Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, moist gauze or washcloth after you breastfeed. Once your child’s first tooth comes in make sure to brush their teeth after each feeding.
Bottles, sipping and snacking: Do not put your child to bed with a bottle or training cup- if you absolutely must then best to only have water in them. Avoid giving your baby fruit juice until they are one year old. Limit sugary drinks and sweets to mealtime. Sipping sugary liquids all day will expose your baby’s teeth to acids that can break down enamel and cause decay. Should your child want to snack- healthy snacks are the best! Don’t give your child chewy, sticky foods like candy, cookies, chips and crackers.
Pacifiers: It is best to avoid using a pacifier, if a baby does not want to take one. However, in case you notice that your baby is resorting to thumb or finger sucking, it is better to give a pacifier. A Pacifier habit is easier to break in the long run versus a thumb or finger sucking habit. Should your baby take a pacifier, do not dip the pacifier or nipple of a bottle into anything sweet. Also, do not put a pacifier or a spoon in your mouth before giving it to your child. Decay causing bacteria that is in your mouth can be passed to them.
Brushing: We recommend that parents wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding and once the first tooth comes in to brush after every feeding.
Establish a Dental Home: The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Dental Association recommend that your baby’s first dental visit be when the first tooth comes in or by the first birthday.