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When your baby’s little chompers begin to grow into place, you might think they’re adorable and fun. Oftentimes you don’t think about what you need to do to take care of those little chompers. So, our Central Illinois Smiles dental team is here to remind you about just that! It’s important for you to care for your baby’s smile as much as possible, and you can do so by doing the following things:

Use fluoride: Fluoride helps nourish and strengthen your baby’s little teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay and other dental issues. So, make sure you give your child water from the tap on occasion. This can mean feeding your child formula mixed with water or giving them a little bit of water in a sippy cup or bottle. Just remember, too much water can sometimes be dangerous for babies. So, make sure you talk to your pediatrician about the proper amount of water to give your baby.

Clean their smile: When cleaning your baby’s little chompers, use a little baby toothbrush that has soft bristles, a small head, and a large handle. At first, soak the brush with water and gently scrub the little teeth. Feel free to ask your dentist when you should introduce toothpaste to your child’s smile. Once your child gets older, like around 3 years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to clean your child’s smile.

Be careful with bottle feedings: Baby bottle tooth decay is a common dental issue for many babies. This is because parents fill the bottle with sugary liquids and send it with the child to bed. It’s best to avoid doing this at all costs. Also, try to avoid putting sugary drinks in your child’s bottle as much as possible. It’s best to only have breastmilk, formula, and water in the bottle.

If you do these things, your child will be on their way to a top-notch oral health and smile in Decatur, Illinois. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please remember that you can always call our office at 217.877.1742. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amanda Lewis or  Dr. Greg Haarman if you have any concerns. We are happy to help you!