This week, we'll be featuring tips from experts in the know on all kinds of topics from nutrition to fitness to fashion. Today, President-Elect and Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Rhea M. Haugseth, DMD shares three important things you should do to keep baby's pearly whites healthy.
1. Schedule a dental visit as soon as baby's first tooth appears, or by his first birthday. The AAPD encourages parents and caregivers to “Get it Done in Year One.”
2. After baby has nursed or taken a bottle, wipe his mouth and gum pads with a gauze pad or washcloth to remove the milk and bacteria present in his mouth. Milk contains lactose, a natural sugar that can lead to decay in baby teeth once they erupt. As soon as your tot has teeth, use a toothbrush and floss to clean them after each feeding.
3. Ensure you and your spouse maintain good oral hygiene. Bacteria from active decay in a parent's mouth can be passed on to baby through kissing, sharing spoons and blowing on food. By keeping their own mouths healthy, parents can lessen the chance of infection in baby's.
For more info and helpful tools pertaining to infant oral care, visit aapd.org.