Infant Dental Care
Teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. Healthy habits are important for the development of the unborn child. Unless a physician recommends otherwise, pregnant women should remember to consume dairy products, and other calcium rich foods
You can’t see them, but at birth your baby already has 20 primary teeth, some of which are almost completely formed in the jaw. Wiping baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad after feeding will remove the plaque and bacteria that can harm erupting teeth. Usually, the first four teeth begin to appear when the baby is between age six months and one year.
Studies have shown that children who have their first dental visit by age 1, need less fillings and have less emergencies over time than those who wait until age 2 or 3 for their first visit.
The primary (baby) teeth are very important for chewing, speaking and appearance. They also help hold space in the jaws for the permanent teeth. One serious form of tooth decay among young children is early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay). This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar, such as milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.