Early Childhood (0 to 3)

Early Childhood (Infant and Toddlers)

Brushing teeth is funDental cavities are the most common childhood oral health disease and they are easily preventable. Early childhood decay is caused when babies are put to spell with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice, or other drinks that contain sugar. It can also happen when babies fall asleep while nursing because breast milk contains natural sugars.

0 to 12 Months

WHAT HAPPENING IN YOUR MOUTH

Primary (baby) teeth are developing and preparing to erupt through the gums. Babies vary on when their first tooth erupts, but it is typically between 8 to 12 months.

RECOMMEND PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CARE

You should schedule your baby’s first visit to Dr. Bakken by his or her’s first birth.  The purpose of this visit is to check on the baby’s oral health and to determine if there are any potential problems with the emerging teeth.

AT HOME HEALTHY ORAL HYGIENE

Follow your pediatrician’s recommendations for nursing and bottle feeding your baby. Once you begin to feed your baby solid food, you should gently clean the gums with a wet baby wash cloth.  When the first tooth erupts begin brushing with an extra soft baby toothbrush after every meal.

Avoid giving a bottle at nap or bedtime which can cause baby bottle tooth decay.

RESOURCES AND PATIENT EDUCATION

1 to 3 Years

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR MOUTH

Between the ages of one to three years your child will have 20 teeth erupt through their gums. This is a critical stage in dental care as the emerging teeth are exposed  to sugars and acids as so as they begin to break through the gums. It is possible to have cavities develop before they full erupt.

RECOMMEND PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CARE

Children this age should begin their regular visits to the dentist every six months for checkups and to monitor the development of their incoming teeth.

AT HOME HEALTHY ORAL HYGIENE

At this stage children are not capable of brushing their teeth and need their parents to do this for them. As a child reaches the age of two it is a good idea to let them help with the tooth brushing, but it is only just for fun and to start them on the road to developing health habits.

Teething can be a painful experience for children. To ease their pain, rub gums with a clean finger, use a frozen teething ring or pain relief gels to ease the pain.Good nutrition plays an important role in early childhood oral health. Use only water in sippy cups and limit juice consumption to meal times.

 

 

 

 

 

Give your baby a lifetime of healthy, bright smiles. Schedule you first appointment around their first birthday. Call (541) 289-1020 to schedule your appointment today.