Baby Your Baby: Oral Health for Children

Baby Your Baby - Oral Health for Children

A child's oral health begins before they even have teeth. Dr. Darren Chamberlin, a pediatric dentist with the Oral Health Coalition stopped by KUTV to let parents know what they can do to keep their baby's teeth safe.

  • Do NOT put your baby to bed with a bottle. This can cause baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers. After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth.
  • When your child’s teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and a smear (or grain of rice sized amount) of fluoride toothpaste until the age of 3. Switch to a pea-sized amount of fluorite toothpaste from ages 3+.
  • Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit and not swallow toothpaste—usually not before he or she is 6 or 7. (Or when they are old enough to tie their own shoes)
  • Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
  • Infants should finish their bedtime and nap time bottles before going to bed.
  • If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean—do not dip it in sugar or honey.
  • Nothing in a sippy cup except water.
  • Transfer off the bottle by 12- 14 months.
  • Encourage healthy eating habits.
  • Child should see the dentist by age 1.