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Safe and Effective Infant Oral Care

It is important to have the right information early on when it comes to infant oral care. Even when your child's first teeth come in are temporary, they are still susceptible to decay and infection. Mothers can actually transfer damaging bacteria to their infants according to the American dental Association. You need to know the correct approach for oral care at each stage of your baby's development and this will provide you the best care possible.

Infant care is your dental care

When you take care of your own dental health you have good oral care for your child. Disease causing bacteria called streptococcus mutant can transfer from mothers to infants very easily according to the American Academy of pediatrics. This can result in infant dental decay. Poor dietary habits increase bacteria production and the risk of transfer to your infant, so keep an eye on your diet and practice good oral hygiene yourself.

The Center for disease control and prevention states that early childhood dental decay can lead to cavities and can be a widespread cause of infectious disease for infants in the United States. It is one of the most avoidable diseases and one can take the right steps at every stage to prevent and improve oral health.

The most effective care at every stage

You can follow these four steps to make sure you have oral care properly for your child.

1. Schedule your own dental cleaning and exams in the second trimester of your pregnancy. You should have basic cleaning and care that is safe for your baby and decreases risk of bacteria transmission and infection. Avoid any cosmetic procedures till your child is born and limit or delay emergency procedures such as extractions if possible.

2. Schedule your baby's first dental health and oral exam at one year of age or when the first tooth erupts. The goals of this first visit are:

Risk assessment: the pediatrician will relay whether there are any additional steps that should be taken based on the exam.

Education: pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend dental wellness visits every six months for the first five years.

Referrals: you should choose a pediatric Dennis who provides comprehensive, consistent care over the next five years.

3. In the first year you should clean your child's gums at least twice a day in the morning and evening and after feedings to prevent bacteria and food buildup. The best technique is to wrap a clean, damp gauze around your clean index finger and gently wipe your babies gums.

4. When an infant starts teething, brush their teeth with products such as Colgate's fluoride free My First Colgate Toothpaste and Toothbrushes. Choose soft bristle, easy grip brushes for infants and children who are less than two years old.

What to avoid

It is important to avoid overexposure to fluoride whether it's in toothpaste or through bottled water. Consult your dentist or pediatrician for more information about fluoride with your child. Don't let your baby fall asleep nursing or while the bottle is in their mouth. This can help minimize bacteria development. Don't share his utensils, drinking straws or cups. Bacteria is transferable and causes infections.

You should put all these practices into place from when to start care to what specific steps that one will take or one should avoid. This will ensure that your newborn has the safest and most effective oral care. This will grant peace of mind for any parent.