As your family dentist in Federal Way, Dr. Lee and her team have the great privilege of seeing many families with young children. Nothing brightens our day more than seeing a little one smile or hearing their little laughs!
Dental care for infants and toddlers is so very important, and what many people do not realize is that your child’s dental care really begins while they are still in their mother’s belly! During pregnancy, it is imperative to eat a balanced, nutritious diet and to get an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. Dental care for the pregnant mom is ESSENTIAL! A healthy mouth for mom(both teeth and gums) makes for a healthier baby!
Once your little one decides to make their appearance, it is never too early to begin essential, life-long habits.
- Your infant’s pediatrician should be checking your baby’s mouth and gums at every well visit.
- The American Pediatric Association recommends your child see your dentist by their first birthday or six months after the first primary teeth appear.
- Babies with dental problems caused by injury, disease, or developmental problems should be seen by a pediatric dental specialist right away!
- It is a good idea not to share spoons with your baby or toddler. The bacteria that causes tooth decay can be transferred. This means it is essential for the ENTIRE family to have regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
- Do not put your baby or toddler to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or any other liquid containing sugar.
- Do not prop the bottle up in your baby’s mouth.
- Remove the bottle as soon as your baby is done feeding. Breastfeeding your infant is safe and will not harm their teeth.
- Encourage your child to begin drinking from a cup at about 6 months of age
- Discuss with your Dr. Lee, your family dentist, the area in which you live to make sure your water supply contains fluoride.
- A well-balanced, nutritious diet will maintain healthy gums, develop strong teeth, and avoid tooth decay. This includes whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Remember, ALL grain carbohydrates will breakdown into sugar. It is good to limit the number of crackers and cookies your child eats.