Let’s be honest. Teeth are the real MVP of most of our days helping us do the necessities like chew and talk. But unfortunately, they cannot heal themselves, which is why it’s so important that we take care of them no matter our age.
While it’s tempting to think that because baby teeth are just temporary there’s no need to take care of them, the truth is taking care of baby teeth are every bit as important as taking care of adult teeth.
So what can you do to protect your little one’s chompers? Here are a few tips.
When you lay your child down for a nap, don’t leave a bottle in the crib. Anything but water will cling to the teeth while your child sleeps and cause tooth decay.
Before permanent teeth even emerge, fluoride affects developing teeth. Flouride strengthens enamel on permanent teeth before they break through the gum line, and it can be found in toothpastes and even water. The amount of fluoride your child needs can vary, so be sure to ask Dr. Cody and Dr. Rob if your child’s teeth are getting enough at your next appointment.
Avoid extra, unnecessary sugar. This means cookies, candies, cupcakes—even juice is too sugary and can end up causing damage to your little one’s teeth.
The best thing you can do for your children’s teeth is show them how important it is to care for their smiles properly. Brush every day (you can even brush before teeth come in. Massage gums with a warm, wet washcloth) and make and keep regular appointments to see the dentist.