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Little Milestones

Healthy habits start here.

Milestones for 0-2 Year Olds

 

  • Age 1 is the ideal age for a child’s first dental visit.  For many kids this first visit will be “well-child” checkup, but even some one-year old’s have cavities, so it’s best to start early.

 

  • Most babies are born without teeth, but the mouth still needs to stay clean!  Gently wipe down your baby's gums after feedings.

 

  • Avoid passing cavity-causing germs and other unhealthy germs by limiting behaviors where saliva is shared.  This includes the sharing of utensils or cups with your baby.

 

  • Teething usually starts around 6 months and continues until 2-3 years old.  There are many ways to help soothe a teething child, but for your child’s safety it is best to avoid teething gels like Oragel, Oragel natural, and Hylands teething tablets.

 

  • Brush with a small “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the teeth erupt into the mouth.  This is equivalent to a rice-grain amount of toothpaste.  Not Much!  Once your child learns to spit out the toothpaste you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount.  Always keep toothpaste out of reach of children.

 

  • It is best to establish set feeding times for your baby or young child, and to avoid at-will feeding or sipping habits.  Babies with too much access to sugary liquids (including milk and juice), or those who are put to sleep with a bottle, can develop cavities very rapidly!  Also, beware of the sugar in children’s medications and clean the teeth after giving them the medicine.

 

  • Once children get teeth and learn to walk, they are especially prone to dental accidents.
  • Be sure to protect your baby’s teeth by placing barriers on sharp corners and hard surfaces such as brick fireplaces, coffee tables, and hard surfaces in bathtubs (i.e. faucets/sides of tub).

 

  • Try to get your child to break any oral habits (Finger Sucking, Pacifier, Thumb Sucking, etc.) by age 3 if possible.

 

 

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