Babies are as exposed to tooth decay as adults are, and they must maintain a proper dental hygiene under the supervision of the parents. The David & Cloutier dental office provides you with advice and shows you the correct actions to adopt for your infant
The dentist and the child in 6 articles
- Dental problems in infants
- The baby’s oral health
- The baby and his or her pacifier
- The first visit to the dentist
- Primary tooth fillings
Tooth decay among infants
Dental prevention and proper hygiene begin at a very early age, almost from the cradle. Little ones’ teeth are very fragile to attacks by sugar, and tooth decay may develop in the same way as in adults. The problem with infants is that it is difficult to interpret babies’ cries and to diagnose the location of the pain.
That is why we recommend visiting your dentist as soon as there is a doubt in your mind or when a spot appears on a tooth. Dr. David and Dr. Cloutier, your dentists in Montréal, have all the experience (and the love for children) required for intervening on the dentition of children without scaring them or making them cry.
Before setting up an appointment with a member of our team, you will receive us eful sound advice from us and you will be shown the correct actions to adopt with a young child, and most importantly the actions to avoid.
Mother’s milk, reconstituted milk, and fruit juice… all sweet
Breast milk, baby formulas, cow milk, and fruit juice, ALL OF THEM contain sugar.
Infants MAY very well also develop tooth decay because:
- They go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice.
- They fall asleep at their mother’s breast, their mouth still full of milk.
This type of tooth decay (baby bottle tooth decay) may appear up to the age of 4. As soon as your child’s teeth have emerged, check them every month.
Both Dr. David and Dr. Cloutier recommend that you be suspicious of spots or dull-white lines that may appear on the teeth of your infant, on the edge of the gums.
Our dentists also recommend that you be suspicious of teeth that show dark colouration. If you see any one of these signs, do not hesitate to consult with our Dental health centre immediately.
Infant tooth decay must be treated quickly, otherwise your child risks experiencing pain or developing an infection.
If you are giving your baby a bottle of milk, baby formula or juice at bedtime, try and give the baby a bottle containing water only.
- If your child refuses the bottle, give him or her a clean pacifier, a plush toy or a blanket.
- If your child is crying, do not give up.
- Comfort your child and try again.
If nothing works, try diluting the milk with water in your baby’s bottle over a period of 1 or 2 weeks, until there is ONLY water. If your child falls asleep at your breast, remove him from the breast while he or she is still awake.
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