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Cavities in Baby Teeth

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sugar and baby teeth                   Baby teeth, also known as Primary teeth, play a large role in developing the jaw and face of children. Cavities and tooth decay in baby teeth can be a serious problem that will affect the health of future teeth and could also lead to infection, painful symptoms and slurred speech.  If a cavity develops in a baby tooth it will of course fall out, but it could potentially affect the permanent teething coming in.


Sugar is one of the main causes of cavities in baby teeth. Try to avoid giving your baby sugary snacks or drinks, especially between meals. Juice can easily create cavities if babies have juice too often and it sits on their teeth for hours before brushing. It is also good to avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.  The natural sugar found in milk and juice will turn to acid and attack baby teeth while they sleep. Pediatric dentists also recommend that you avoiding giving your baby juice before six months of age.


Most baby teeth that have cavities can be removed, but in some cases filling the cavity is the best option to avoid pain and other complications. If a primary teeth is removed too early, it could cause spacing problems for permanent teeth in the future. If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your child’s teeth doesn’t hesitate to contact Smile Reef today or schedule an appointment with Dr. Jensen. Dr. Jensen can answer any questions or concerns and ensure that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy.


How to Brush Baby Teeth

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Oral health for your baby’s teeth begins even before their first primary teeth appear. Wiping a baby’s gums with a damp cloth before baby teeth erupt can keep gums healthy, but it is essential to start brushing your child’s teeth once they appear. A common misconception is that the health of baby teeth is inconsequential since the teeth will eventually fall out. Contrary to this perpetuated myth, the health of a baby’s teeth and gums will largely influence their oral health as adults. Not only do healthy teeth allow your baby to chew and speak clearly, baby teeth will also impact the spacing and health of permanent teeth.

Most infant’s baby teeth will appear between 6-9 months. As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, begin gently brushing teeth in small circular movements. The best toothbrushes for baby teeth are soft bristled with a small angled head. Gently brush baby teeth twice a day using water and a very small amount, about the size of a grain of rice, of low-fluoride toothpaste until age 3. Once your child is over 3 years you can begin using regular toothpaste, using a pea sized amount to prevent swallowing.

As soon as their first year, babies should visit a pediatric dentist  to make certain that their primary teeth and gums are healthy. Consult your pediatric dentist for any questions or concerns about your baby’s dental needs; we can ensure that your infants teeth healthy and establish healthy dental habits early.