While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines. Even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over gums to clear away harmful bacteria. Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or completely prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water bottle or a pacifier.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with the dental team. In addition, taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child’s teeth and identify his or her fluoride needs.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.sharonspringsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Iryna Yelisetty at Sharon Springs Dental in Cumming, GA, call 470-253-1747.