1- Protect your baby’s health with fluoride.
Fluoride (said like floor-eyed) protects teeth from tooth decay and helps heal early decay.
Fluoride is in the drinking water of some towns and cities.
Ask your dentist or doctor if your water has fluoride in it. If it doesn’t, talk to your dentist or doctor about giving you a prescription for fluoride drops for your baby.
2- Check and clean your baby’s teeth.
Healthy teeth should be all one color. If you see spots or stains on the teeth, take your baby to your dentist.
At about age 2, most of your child’s teeth will be in. Now you can start brushing them with a small drop of fluoride toothpaste.
Choose foods that do not have a lot of sugar in them. Give your child fruits and vegetables instead of candy and cookies.
4- Prevent baby bottle teeth decay.
Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle at night or at nap time. (If you put your baby to bed with a bottle, fill it only with water).
Milk, formula, juices, and other sweet drinks such as soda all have sugar in them. Sucking on a bottle filled with liquids that have sugar in them can cause tooth decay. Decayed teeth can cause pain and can cost a lot to fill.
During the day, do not give your baby a bottle filled with sweet drinks to use like a pacifier.
If your baby uses a pacifier, do not dip it in anything sweet like sugar or honey.
5- Take your child to the dentist.
Ask your dentist when to bring your child in for his first visit. Usually, the dentist will want to see a child between ages 1 and 2. At this first visit, your dentist can quickly check your child’s teeth.