Infant Dental Care
Begin cleaning the baby’s mouth with a clean damp washcloth. Avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle, sippee cup or while breastfeeding. This habit may cause cavities when your baby has teeth especially if milk, formula, juice or other sweetened liquid is used. Only water should be put in a bottle or cup if your child cannot fall asleep without it. While your baby is breastfeeding, wipe the teeth with a damp washcloth as soon as he or she falls asleep and stops sucking. Sharing items such as spoons, pacifiers, toothbrushes and toys can spread cavity-causing germs between caregiver and baby and between babies themselves.
Start a habit of brushing twice a day when the first tooth comes in. Use soft-bristled toothbrushes designed for babies with water or a very small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride containing toothpaste can be used when your child can spit. Consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist about other sources of fluoride supplementation for your child.
It is normal for a baby to cry while tooth brushing. Babies also cry when they are bathed, dressed or changed. Be calm and methodical while continuing to give proper care to your child’s teeth.
With time he/she will appreciate your gentle attention to his/her teeth and will allow you to clean without protest.
Breastfeeding Difficulties – Frenectomy/Frenotomy
Approximately 5 percent of newborn babies have breastfeeding difficulties due to a short frenum attachment under their tongue; this is sometimes referred to as tongue tie. Warning signs of tongue tie can be painful nursing, inconsistent sleep patterns, baby not getting enough to eat, and an exhausted mom. This can be corrected by a simple, harmless procedure called a frenotomy. Our skilled board certified dentists use the latest in dental laser technology to release the frenum and provide relief for both baby and Mom. Schedule your consultation as soon as you recognize possible signs of tongue tie.