Wichita Kids Infant Care
Healthy Habits for Baby
Caring for Your Infant at Home
Good oral hygiene habits are firmly established at home. Those habits begin with a regular brushing and flossing routine, good eating and drinking habits, and regular professional care.
Brushing is Beautiful!
While we want children to learn how to care for their teeth, it is very important to keep teeth clean and free of bacteria. So even though those little toothbrushes are seemingly shaped and sized for a baby’s hand, an adult should do the brushing morning and evening. It’s ok to let your child try to brush with the toothbrush to get comfortable. However, young children do not have the dexterity or attention span to get their teeth and gums clean.
Eating Right for Healthier Smiles
We highly recommend that parents stop giving their children a bottle at 12 months. Milk and juice have a high sugar content. We recommend having milk at meal times, and it’s best to have water between meals. Drinking water, instead of sugary drinks, between meals will help reduce the risk of tooth decay. Fruit snacks, raisins, gummy vitamins, and other sticky snacks can also put patients at a higher risk for cavities.
Here are some tips for healthier habits:
- Instead of sticky snacks, such as fruit roll ups or raisins, try bits of fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, nuts, and string cheese.
- Instead of a bottle or sippy cup of juice or milk, try water. Water rinses the mouth while it hydrates. Drinking water can also help prevent childhood obesity by cutting back on sugar intake.
- We do not recommend giving your child soda. The phosphoric acid in soda causes tooth enamel erosion.
- Do not allow milk or juice to be consumed after bedtime brushing. If you child feels thirsty at bedtime, offer water instead.
- We would recommend trying to stop the use of pacifier by two years of age. Pacifiers can affect jaw growth.
If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your infant’s teeth between visits, please feel free to call us!