When your baby is born, there is so much to do and learn. The last thing you might be thinking about is his or her teeth and gums. But a little thinking ahead about your baby’s oral health goes a long way toward a lifetime of good dental and overall health.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for kids. According to the CDC, about 33 percent of young kids (ages 2 to 8) have cavities in their baby teeth.(footnote 1). Tooth decay can lead to speech problems, mouth infections, and damaged adult teeth.
The good news? Tooth decay can be prevented. And there are things you can do to help keep your child’s mouth healthier--long before the first tooth comes.
For example, don’t leave a juice or milk bottle in the crib. Drinking this at night can lead to decay and infection. And don’t share silverware or cups with your baby. This can spread the germs that cause tooth decay.
It’s all about good habits, both for you and your child. So it’s important that you practice good oral health too.
Keeping the tips in this video in mind can be the first step in good dental care and a lifetime of healthy smiles.