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Had a baby recently? If so, hooray! There are some things you should be aware of if you are looking to keep your child’s teeth developing appropriately. In this article, we go over some of the things you can do to defend your baby’s oral health with a few little steps. If you have any questions about your baby’s teeth, feel free to reach out to arrange a checkup by calling (215) 970-2515.

Newborns cry: it’s part of life. However, if you tend to comfort your baby with a binky, don’t lick it before giving it to them. Additionally, don’t share a feeding spoon with a child. The bacterial acids that can be shared via saliva may be too tough for your baby’s oral cavity to deal with, and any transmission of saliva may cause tooth weardown for your child.

When your child is done with feeding, make sure you wipe down their gums with a washcloth, wet medical pad or an oral wipe for babies. Just like your teeth, your child’s baby teeth will be at risk from food particles and the bacteria that come with them.

Finally, don’t forget to brush your child’s teeth with a child’s toothbrush. If you would like to use fluoridated toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush before they turn two years old, please reach out to us to see if this would be appropriate.

Please dial (215) 970-2515 to get ahold of the Alpha Dental Excellence practice in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and plan an appointment with Dr. Arpan Patel.