Babies may be born toothless bundles of joy, but underneath the surface baby teeth are nearly completely formed. While the first gnasher may not erupt until a child is 6 to 12 months old, dental care is essential to prevent dental problems down the line.
Parents are encourage to use a soft, wet cloth to wipe down babies' gums to remove sugars deposits left behind after eating. That process will minimize the risk of a child developing tooth decay and gum disease before they can even walk. Then, based on what stage of development your child is in, there are certain behaviors and products that if implemented incorrectly can result in create a slew of dental problems in the mouth of babes.
Lay Off the Bottle
While a baby may grin when they see the faces of their mothers and fathers, their first true love affair comes from the baby bottle. The feeding device has been designed to tap into a newborn's natural instincts of grabbing and sucking and once a kid gets the hang of tapping the contents of the container, they may never want to let it go. That is where a parent has to get firm as when used incorrectly, the simply device can up the odds of offspring developing baby bottle tooth decay syndrome. In order to prevent the condition from developing parents need to take two precautions; never put your baby to bed with a bottle and choose the contents of said bottle extremely carefully.
During slumber, the production of saliva naturally slows down. The liquid is comprised of water, enzymes and other compounds essential to washing away sugars and debris left behind after eating. If I baby is allowed to feed right before sleep, trace elements of food will be left behind attacked by oral bacteria, create dental plaque and contribute to tooth decay.
Additionally, when that bottle is filled, it should only contain essential foods such as formula, 100 percent fruit juice or water. Those three things will do wonders for quenching the thirst of a young one and is a much better option than filling a baby bottle with soda or sports drinks.