Children’s Dental Health Month!
As February comes to a close, we are also reaching the end of National Children’s Dental Health Month! At DeForest Dental Services, we pride ourselves in taking care of all ages, from 1 to 101 (or 102, as the case may be!). A special reminder:
As your family dentist, it is our job to provide preventative dental care reminders about how to care for your child’s developing teeth and gums.Please review the following tips for good oral care for your child from the American Dental Association:
- Babies have a higher risk for decay if their teeth are in contact with sugary liquids often or for long periods of time. These liquids include fruit juice, soda and other sweetened liquids (including milk!). Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle or use a bottle as a pacifier. Infants should finish their bottles before going to bed
- If your child uses a pacifier, don’t dip it in sugar or honey, or put it in your mouth before giving it to the child. It’s important to know that the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth can be passed to your baby.
- Wipe the baby’s gums with a wet gauze pad or with a washcloth or towel after each feeding.
- Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a child-sized toothbrush and water as soon as the first tooth appears.
- “Sippy” cups or “no-spill” cups should only be used until a child’s first birthday. After that, try to get your child to drink from a small open cup.
- Take your baby to the dentist for their initial visit around their first birthday. This helps our dental team get to know your child’s and your family’s specific needs, so we can provide the best care.
- During the initial visit, Dr. Burger will demonstrate how to care for your baby’s teeth and gums and give you more information on what to expect as your baby grows. As baby teeth erupt, your child may become fussy, sleepless or irritable. One way to comfort your baby is to gently massage the gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, a chilled teething ring or a clean, wet gauze pad, washcloth or towel.
- The FDA recommends that parents and caregivers not use benzocaine (topical numbing jelly) products for teething children younger than 2 years, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional. Make sure to consult with your pediatrician or our office before moving forward with the use of benzocaine.
For more information on dental care for your child, make sure to give us a call! As always, we are here to answer your questions, so please feel free to call our office at 608-846-3948 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your first “well-baby” dental appointment or regular dental check-up – whatever your needs might be. See you soon!