Mouth Injuries in Children: Easy Steps for Prevention

Three Tips to Prevent Mouth Injuries

Active kids are healthy, happy kids.  Unfortunately, though, active kids are also at risk for mouth injuries. Kids who play sports risk chipping, cracking, and even knocking out a tooth. Many people mistakenly believe that only high contact sports, such as football and hockey, present a major risk for mouth injuries.  However, baseball and basketball players ages 7 to 17 are the most likely athletes to suffer a sports-related oral injury.  Similarly, over 50% of dental injuries in kids 7 to 12 years of age happen while riding a bicycle! Clearly, parents and coaches need to take steps to help prevent such injuries in our children.

Mouth injuries can be prevented with a custom fit mouthguard from Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry.

 

Preventing Sports-Related Mouth Injuries

The good news for parents of young athletes and active kids? Parents and coaches can take three easy steps to help prevent mouth injuries:

1. Use Custom-Fit Mouthguards

The most important protection parents can offer their children is a mouthguard made by a pediatric dentist. Unlike boil-and-bite mouth guards available in stores, custom-fit guards leave no gaps in coverage. In addition, they offer better cushioning protection because they are typically twice as thick as store-bought mouthguards.

2. Create a Culture of “Safety First”

Parents and coaches can make safety gear mandatory.  Likewise, they can stress at practices and active outings safety rules, and include the benefits of protective mouth gear in those discussions. If everyone has to be safe, then your child is more likely to want to follow the rules!

3. Be a Good Role Model

Parents and coaches can set the stage for good habits through modeling good behavior, and this situation is no different.  When kids see adults wearing helmets and mouth guards, they now the concerns are real for everyone.  As a result, they are more likely to comply with wearing protective gear themselves.

If you have more questions about protecting your child’s mouth during sports and other activities, give us a call!

Dr. Laura, Dr. Rachel, and team would love to discuss with you how a custom-fit mouthguard could benefit your child.  Call our office (330) 425-1885 to schedule a consultation today!

This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

 

Special Care for Special Needs

Children with Special Needs and Dental Visit Success

All children, including those with special needs, require special care when visiting the dentist. Many children (and adults!) have anxiety about seeing the dentist. For those with emotional, cognitive, developmental and/or physical impairments, a trip to the dentist can seem downright terrifying!  Such patients need dentists and team members who can compassionately meet their unique needs.

Relaxing in sunglasses at Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry in Twinsburg, Ohio where kids with special needs are welcome.

How We Can Help Your Special Needs Child Have a Successful Dental Visit

All children deserve good oral health.  Whether your child has been diagnosed with autism, sensory sensitivities, anxiety disorders, down syndrome, or developmental delays, our team is here to support their oral health! We understand that each child has a unique adjustment period to new surroundings and stimuli.  Likewise, some may have difficulty with the different sights, sounds, textures, and people they may encounter during a dental appointment. Our team members have found the following techniques extremely helpful in setting up special needs children for success:

We Communicate BEFORE the Visit

As the parent, you are the expert on your child’s physical and emotional support needs.  That’s why we’ll communicate with you before the first visit to determine the best steps to take.  We encourage our parents to call our office and discuss the special concerns and needs they may have, so we can make the best plan together.

  • Smart Scheduling

Some children are helped by scheduling early in the morning.  Likewise, scheduling on days that are less busy than others helps ensure a less overwhelming experience.

  • Pre-Visit Office Tour

Children find comfort in the familiar. By scheduling a tour of the office with your child before their visit, they can become more familiar with the building, the sounds, and the friendly faces inside.  By introducing your child to the office prior to the scheduled appointment, the child feels more at ease and comfortable on appointment day.

  • Picture Gallery

We also offer a picture gallery online.  With pictures of the inside of the office, the doctors, and team members, your child can review at home as much as needed what to expect before the big day.  These can be printed out and used the day of the visit, too, to help your child track where they are in the sequence of events during their appointment.

We Communicate Throughout the Visit

As soon as you check your child in, our team members will communicate with you and your child in a compassionate manner. We strive to help you and your child feel at ease on appointment day in the following ways:

  • Consistent Contact Person

Transitions for all kids are difficult! To help reduce the types of transitions your child has to make during a visit, we’ll have one team member come greet the child, take x-rays, perform the cleanings, and be present during the doctor exam. The child will have comfort with one, increasingly familiar face being by their side, and caregivers will know whom to approach should they have a question.

  • Clear Instructions

Our team members are trained in giving clear, simple instructions so children know how they can help the visit move quickly and smoothly.  Our team members share what to expect: textures, tastes, amount of time, etc.  In addition, we Tell, Show, then Do. The goal is to minimize any unpleasant surprises for the child.

  • Positive Feedback

We understand that sometimes a kind word help more than 100 clear instructions! Our team members give encouraging, positive feedback to empower your child’s sense of self while in our care.  We believe there is always a positive to be shared!

We Offer Additional Comforts During Visits

In addition to our exceptionally trained doctors and team members, we have some little extra comforts that can help.

  • Weighted Blankets

Many children find extra comfort a weighted blanket has to offer in a stressful situation.  We have different weights to meet different children’s needs.

  • Individual Movie Screens

Many patients find comfort and distraction with a favorite movie.  Each of our hygiene and treatment chairs has its own screen. If we don’t already have your favorite movie here, feel free to bring your copy from home.

General Anesthesia is Available When Needed

Even with all the best preparations, some children still may find the traditional dental visit too stimulating or stressful to continue.  In these cases, rest assured we understand.  We can still help!  Our doctors can schedule your child’s dental care to be performed while your child is under general anesthesia.  This option may also be the right choice for some patients to minimize the number of visits needed to care for all of their oral health needs.

We’d love to see if our office is a fit for your special needs child.

Feel free to call our office at 330-425-1885 to discuss your child’s specific needs.  Our team members will be happy to assist you.

This blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice.

 

 

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids and Smiles: FREE Nutrition Seminar

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids & Smiles

Healthy eating habits play a major role in your child’s oral health. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Andrea Adler from the Cleveland Clinic.  In honor of National Nutrition Month, Ms. Adler, along with Dr. Laura Adelman, DMD and Dr. Rachel Rosen, DDS, will present an evidence-based information about nutrition and your child on March 27, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 PM. This seminar will take place at the Great Beginnings office at 9964 Vail Drive, Twinsburg, OH 44087.

Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition to Give FREE Seminar at Great Beginnings

Andrea Adler received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Medical Dietetics.  She is currently a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. Ms. Adler has worked in pediatrics at The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for the past 12 years.  Some of the topics she plans to cover are as follows:

  • Getting kids to try new foods
  • Choosing foods for good oral health
  • Helping kids choose healthier snacks
  • Decoding nutrition labels
  • Understanding Choose My Plate
  • Understanding portions sizes
  • and more!

Question & Answer Period to Follow

Have questions about your picky eater?  Need ideas for snacks on the go?  Bring your questions!  After the presentation by Ms. Adler, there will be time for audience questions.  In addition, Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel will be there to help answer questions about the impact of different drink and food choices on your child’s oral health. In addition, there will be time to share recipes and other practical ideas to help families make nutritious meals and snacks for their children.

We hope you can join us March 27, from 5:00 to 6:30.

The evening promises to be informative.  There will be light refreshments and good conversation, too.  Feel free to bring a friend.  All our welcome to this free seminar.

No tickets or R.S.V.P. required.  However, if you have questions or would like to bring a group, please call our office at 330-425-1885.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids and Smiles FREE Seminar at Great Beginnings

 

 

Stop Brushing Battles: Keep Brushing Fun (and Effective!) for Kids with 3 of Our Favorite Things

Keep Brushing Fun (and Effective!) for Kids with 3 of Our Favorite Things

Stop Brushing Battles

Not all kids happily embrace brushing their teeth. Furthermore, many children don’t brush long enough, or they have trouble realizing which spots in the mouth they missed.  As parents, we need to check on our children’t brushing habits, but doing so can cause battles.  The goods news is that there are fun products parents can use to help win kids over.  Whether you have a reluctant toddler or an impatient child,  here are 3 of our favorite things to help kids brush their teeth effectively while having some fun!

A boy brushing his teeth at Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry in Twinsburg, Ohio.

1. Brush Your Teeth Bear by Gund

Tired of battling your toddler to brush their teeth?  Try the Brush Your Teeth Bear by Gund.  Kids love how this cute bear brushes his teeth along side them. Parents will love that the bear brushes for the AAPD recommended time of two minutes.  The bear also gives encouraging reminders to “keep going” and lets the child know when there’s “still one minute to go.”  Finally, the bear celebrates how clean and sparkly the child’s teeth are at the end.  Certainly, this friend will help make brushing a child’s teeth a fun time, rather than a battle.

2. Plaque HD Toothpaste

Are you worried your  impatient child isn’t brushing as well as they should? Brushing one’s teeth thoroughly, like other skills, takes practice and coaching.  Some kids, though, are not happy to have a parent point out missed spots.  Than answer is a toothpaste that does the coaching for the parent.

Kids brush on Plaque HD Toothpaste like a regular tooth paste.  The toothpaste dyes all the plaque in their mouth an aqua color, so the child can see where brushing is needed.  Then the child brushes with his or her favorite toothpaste until all the stained spots — along with all the plaque — are brushed away.  Now parents don’t have to be the ones telling kids they missed spots.  They’ll see it themselves when they smile in the mirror! It becomes a game to search and destroy all the colored spots in the mouth.

3. Kids Sonicare Toothbrush with Bluetooth

Are you worried your kid needs help brushing, but you’re not sure in which ways?  The Kids Sonicare is your answer. This rechargeable toothbrush connects via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet.  The Sonicare app then directs kids where to brush and for how long.  Kids can unlock rewards along the way for good habits, too, turning this task into a game.  Finally, the toothbrush boasts 500 strokes per second! This feature is particularly helpful for kids who typically have some coordination difficulties. Indeed, it’s hard to beat the fun and superior cleaning this product has to offer all children!

No matter which products you use, have your kids brush and floss for two minutes, twice a day for good oral health.

If you need more tips and tricks to help avoid brushing battles at home, give us a call at (330) 425-1885 to schedule an appointment today.  Dr. Laura Adelman, D.M.D. and Dr. Rachel Rosen, D.D.S. at great beginnings pediatric dentistry are taking new patients under the age of twelve.  We would love to help give your child great beginnings to a great smile!

*This blog is for informational purposes only.  It is not medical advice.

 

Don’t Let Your Child Miss Out on These 5 Benefits of Seeing a Pediatric Dentist

If your child isn’t seeing a pediatric dentist, they may be missing out on these 5 benefits.

WHY a Pediatric Dentist?

The first part of the answer is simple: children’s teeth are still developing. As a result, their dental needs are very different from adults’ needs. A pediatric dentist has several more years of training beyond dental school to address these unique needs of infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. They can also help families save money, too. How? In the following 5 ways:

 

1. Pediatric dentists can catch problems early. 

This can save the child unnecessary discomfort.  It can save parents expensive dental bills to correct problems later, too! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children be seen by a dentist when the first tooth erupts or at the first birthday, whichever milestone occurs first.

By seeing children as early as the first tooth or age one, pediatric dentists can help children and families

  • Monitor how a child’s teeth and jaws are developing in order to catch problems early.
  • Offerguidance with childhood oral behaviors, such as thumb-sucking and pacifier use.
  • Help parents establish no-tear routines for good oral health at home.
  • Educate families on nutrition for the best oral health.
  • Focus on cavity prevention in order to avoid painful, costly problems in the future.
  • Offer tips to avoid dental injuries.
  • Treat oral injuries when they happen.
  • Provide the most up-to-date information in children’s oral health.

2. Pediatric dentists help keep the fear out of visiting the dentist.

Dentists wishing to specialize in the treatment of children must receive additional education in childhood development and psychology. As a result, pediatric dentists are focused on the emotional well-being of your child, just as much as they are focused on their oral health!

They understand the need to reduce anxiety surrounding dental visits. This means pediatric dental practices focus on providing the following:

  • Child-friendly office design makes the dentist a fun, welcoming place. Bright, fun décor makes children feel welcome, and a child-height counter helps children feel included in the process!
  • Child-friendly terminology makes procedures less frightening to children. A child might get frightened by a nitrous oxide mask, but a “happy nose” is much less threatening!
  • Child-friendly staff know to be gentle and patient with kids. Every part of the experience needs to be pleasant, not just the time with the dentist!
  • Child-friendly activities in the waiting room keep fear away. Waiting doesn’t have to be a time for anxiety to build; kids can stay happy playing touchscreen computer games or stacking blocks or reading a book with a parent!
  • Child-friendly treatment chairs keep kids distracted. Movie screens above each chair can greatly reduce the fear associated with cleanings and other dental treatments and make the time zip by for kids.

Finally, children who come to the dentist before they experience problems are less likely to develop fear of dental visits. Thus, they are more likely to continue good dental care throughout their lives!

3. Pediatric dentists offer a prevention-based approach to dentistry.

They consider themselves teachers in addition to dentists. They want to help children and their families develop good habits to last a lifetime! According to the AAPD, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease–and that it’s largely preventable! That’s why pediatric dentists offer

  • Regular fluoride treatments
  • Sealants
  • Brushing and flossing education
  • Nutrition education
  • High fluoride toothpastes

Prevention, of course, keeps pain away for children. It also keeps dental expenses down for caregivers.

4. Pediatric dentists offer less-invasive treatment options.

Even with the best oral health habits, problems can still occur. Since children still have primary (baby) teeth, different treatment options need to be considered.

  • Silver Diamine Fluoride (S.D.F.): This exciting treatment for cavities means no drill at all! By brushing S.D.F. on tooth decay, the decay is halted! From the child’s perspective, it’s a simple, painless treatment. From the parent’s perspective, it typically costs less–even when not covered by insurance–than a traditional filling.

5. Pediatric dentists can treat more serious dental problems for children in-house.

As specialists themselves, they can treat children in the comfort of a familiar building with familiar faces. The costs of staying in-house are usually significantly less than visiting a second specialist, too.  Examples of more intensive treatments they can perform in their offices include

  • Tooth Extraction: Pediatric dentists recognize the important role primary (baby) teeth play in helping permanent teeth develop and erupt healthily, so pulling a tooth is only performed when absolutely necessary.
  • Fillings: pediatric dentists can use a traditional drill–or now some have the ability to use a more painless option of a laser in place of the drill–to remove the tooth decay and place a filling.
  • Pulp Therapy: Severe decay or tooth trauma can cause painful pulp exposure; pediatric dentists can treat such conditions.
  • Space Maintainers: If a baby tooth is lost too prematurely due to trauma or decay, pediatric dentists can provide the necessary treatment to help the permanent tooth erupt in the proper place.

Children are not just small adults. They have unique needs for their oral health. Seeing a pediatric dentist can help children learn to enjoy visits to the dentist.  Regular check ups also help children develop good habits that prevent dental problems from happening in the first place. All of this is good for the child, and good for the parent’s checkbook!

Dr. Laura, Dr. Rachel, and Team would love to be your child’s pediatric dentistry team! We are accepting new patients under the age of 12! Children with special needs are always welcome!

Call us today at (330) 425-1885 to schedule a visit and to see what a difference a pediatric dentist can make for your child!

*This blog is not intended to serve as medical advice.  Please call your doctor or dentist for advice specific for your child.*

Floss Like a Boss! Why Flossing Makes Good Sense and Tips for Success!

IF THERE’S NO “PROOF” FLOSSING WORKS, WHY SHOULD I KEEP FLOSSING?

We usually love it when oral health issues are front and center in the news—but not this time! Last week, we saw many people on social media sharing this report by the AP which claims there’s “little proof that flossing works.” Yikes!

No surprisingly, since the release of this viral article, patients are left wondering where we stand on the issue. We are happy to answer!

Boy flossing teeth at great beginnings pediatric dentistry in Twinsburg, Ohio.

We still stand by the belief that flossing is highly beneficial.

To understand our position, let’s look at what the AP article actually does and doesn’t say. It basically states that the research done to date shows “little evidence” that flossing “prevents gum disease.” The problem lies in the methods of the testing done, not with flossing itself. The research studied for this article lasted very short periods of time, two weeks at most, which is not long enough for a cavity or gum disease to develop. It’s hard to measure what flossing helps prevent when the study doesn’t follow outcomes long enough for those who don’t floss to experience problems. As a result, we’re not surprised the research shows unclear evidence that flossing “works.”

What the same article admits, though, is that flossing has been proven to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth.

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria. It clings to teeth and the gum line. Left to build up over an extended period of time, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar is sticker and harder to remove than plaque, especially under the gum line. Indeed, tartar can only be removed with a special instrument used by a dental hygienist. If tartar is left to build up, it can lead to painful inflammation of the gums, gingivitis, and eventually gum disease.

Clearly, the key to prevent then is cleaning away plaque before it has time to build up and turn into tartar. If you don’t floss between teeth where you’re toothbrush can’t reach, you’re missing cleaning about 35% of each tooth’s surface! That’s room for a lot of plaque to hide and build up!
In short, flossing makes good, common sense.

Keeping teeth clean prevents tooth decay and gum disease; flossing helps clean those places your toothbrush can’t reach. Plus, we see the difference in gum health in our patients who floss versus those who don’t. Those who don’t floss regularly tend to have more pain and bleeding of the gums when our gentle hygienists clean and scale them. Thus, for us, it’s that simple. Flossing just makes sense! While we appreciate the need for longer studies to clear up the issue, we don’t feel this research review justifies not flossing. Flossing is inexpensive and requires little of our time. Why take chances?

Getting the most out of flossing.

Hopefully, we’ve convinced you to keep flossing! Here are some tips to make sure you get the best flossing results!

  1. Start with a quality floss or floss stick. Traditional string floss will give you the best results. If your child doesn’t quite have the coordination string floss takes, though, floss sticks are a good alternative. We recommend Plackers Gentle Fine dental flossers because they are not prone to shredding and breaking like other brands. If your child has braces, then we recommend Platypus Orthodontic Flossers. There are also water and air flossers available for those who really struggle to floss. (Click HERE to see how the Sonicare Airflosser–like the one Dr. Rachel shows in the video below– works.)
  2. Help your child floss. While floss sticks make it easier for older kids to floss independently, kids under the age of 8 typically need some help. Technique matters!
  3. Use the correct motion. Make the floss form a “c” shape around the tooth, then move the floss up and down. Don’t just “saw” back and forth between teeth with the floss.
  4. Go down to the gum line. Remember, to get the most out of flossing, we want to make sure it helps remove plaque from the gum line. Make sure to gently press the floss up against the tooth, down between the tooth and gum line. Remember, healthy gums don’t bleed.
  5. Floss between all teeth. Even teeth with wide gaps can benefit from getting their sides and gum lines extra clean with the help of floss!

Watch this video to see how to get that “C” shape when you floss and how to use a floss stick correctly!

If you’d like more help with learning how to floss your child’s teeth correctly, don’t hesitate to contact our office! We and our staff of hygienists are here to help educate you on the best oral health practices for your child! You can call our office at (330) 425-1885 or contact us online at www.greatbeginningspd.com

Sincerely,
Dr. Laura Adelman, DMD
Dr. Rachel Rosen, DDS

*Disclaimer: Our blog posts are not to be taken as medical advice. They are for informational purposes only.*

Are Summer Treats Harming Your Child’s Teeth? 5 Tips to Make Sure They Don’t!

Stop Summer Treats from Harming Your Child’s Teeth

Who doesn’t love summer? Summer means trips to the pool, county fairs, and baseball games! If your family is like most, you enjoy treats during these special events. Who doesn’t love funnel cakes at the fair, or a soft drink and a pretzel at a baseball game?

There’s no doubt these treats are delicious, but they are also hard on your child’s developing teeth.

Sugary drinks and starchy snacks—like funnel cakes and pretzels—increase the amount of acid in your child’s mouth. While a cavity won’t form right away, these acids can attack tooth enamel almost immediately.

A boy enjoys a summer treat of cotton candy.

Enamel Erosion is the Immediate Worry

When acids harm tooth enamel, damage known as tooth enamel erosion occurs. Newly erupted teeth are the most vulnerable. Enamel erosion can lead to discolored teeth, tooth sensitivity, and eventually tooth decay. Since enamel can’t be repaired once the damage is done, we should take steps to prevent it from happening!

Five Easy Tips You Can Follow at Special Events to Prevent Enamel Erosion

So what is a parent to do? Say “no” to that cotton candy while at the fair? It’s true that choosing healthier snacks is an important part of good oral health. An apple, for instance, promotes healthy acid levels in the mouth. But the fair or baseball game may be that one time you let your kids indulge in less healthy options.

Follow these tips to help minimize the risk of tooth enamel erosion.

  1. Pick a Treat Time: Pick one time during the special day that your child will be allowed to enjoy these types of treats. This type of exposure is easier on teeth than many small exposures that occur when sipping a soft drink or spreading cotton candy bites out throughout the day.
  2. Use a Straw: Drinking a soft drink—or other sugary drink—through a straw reduces the amount of contact the drink will have with teeth. Less contact is better for teeth!
  3. Water it Down: As soon as treat time is done, encourage your child to drink and rinse their mouth with water to reduce the acid levels in the mouth. Also, only offer water to your child at other times during the day to keep harmful acids from building up.
  4. Chew Sugar-Free Gum: If the child is old enough, let them chew on sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production. Increasing saliva in the mouth reduces acid levels.
  5. Brush at Home: Even if it’s not a regularly scheduled brushing time, have your child brush as soon as you get home. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children brush twice a day, but when sugary treats are in the mix, brushing a third time can be a charm!

5 ways to keep summer treats from harming children's teeth in Twinsburg, Ohio

Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel hope you find these tips helpful and easy to incorporate into your next trip to the fair or ballpark!

If you have further questions or concerns about your child’s oral health, schedule an appointment with our office. We provide a fun, kid-friendly environment and a warm, experienced staff to help you promote the best oral health possible for your infants, toddlers, and teens. We are accepting new patients!

Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry serves patients from Twinsburg, Solon, Hudson, Stow, and the Greater Cleveland area.

Call our office today at (330) 425-1885 to schedule with Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel.

Do You Know These 9 Dos and Don’ts of Infant and Toddler Tooth Care?

Are You Following These Nine DOs and DON’Ts to Prevent Tooth Decay In Your Infant or Toddler?

Around 8 to 12 months of age, a baby’s two front teeth usually peek out of the gums. Understandably, most parents can’t resist this first toothy smile. The first teeth to arrive are the first to be at risk of tooth decay.

When baby’s front upper teeth suffer from cavities, it’s commonly referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay.” The term is only partially correct, though. It’s not just bottle-fed babies who are at risk for this early tooth decay; nursing infants are at risk, too!

Dr. Laura sees infant at first tooth to help prevent tooth decay.

How does decay start?

Whenever baby drinks formula, breast milk, or juice, the teeth are exposed to sugars. These sugars feed bacteria in baby’s mouth. Then these bacteria release harmful acids that damage tooth enamel, opening the door for tooth decay.

What can I do at home to prevent early tooth decay?

The good news is that there are simple steps parents can take to help prevent this early tooth decay sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay.

Here are nine simple DOs and DON’Ts you can follow to prevent early tooth decay:

1. DO gently clean baby’s mouth with a clean, damp cloth after meals.

Every time after baby nurses or has a bottle, wipe bacteria and sugars off of gums by gently rubbing them with a clean, damp cloth or piece of gauze.

2. DO use the right amount of fluoride toothpaste for your child’s age.

For children younger than three years of age, use only a smear (grain of rice amount) of fluoride toothpaste. For children three and up, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

3. DO help your child brush and floss their teeth twice a day. Learning to brush

Learning to brush thoroughly takes time and practice! Most children continue to need help and supervision until they are 6 to 8 years old.

4. DO take your baby to a Pediatric Dentist when they get their first tooth or by one year of age, whichever comes first.

A Pediatric Dentist has special training to help detect early tooth decay and other oral and facial development issues that can occur. Prevention and early intervention are the key to good oral health.

5.DON’T send baby to bed with a bottle.

If your baby or toddler needs the comfort of a bottle at nap or bedtime, only offer water for these times. Sleeping with a bottle of formula, breast milk, or juice, or any sweetened liquid will bathe baby’s teeth in harmful sugars as they sleep.

6. DON’T dip pacifiers in sweet or sugary liquids.

The extended contact pacifiers have with teeth makes any sugar on them harmful to baby’s teeth—even if the teeth haven’t erupted yet!

7. DON’T put baby’s pacifier in your mouth.

It may seem like a good idea to “clean” dirt off of a dropped pacifier by putting in your mouth first, but doing so is like sharing a fork or a spoon—it exposes baby to the bacteria in your mouth. It’s a better idea to use running water to rinse it off.

8. DON’T share utensils with your child.

As tempting as it is to give baby a taste from your fork or spoon, doing so can expose your child to the bacteria from your own mouth.

9. DON’T put anything besides water in sippy cups.

While sippy cups may help avoid spills, they aren’t much different from bottles in how they put teeth in contact with liquids. If your child needs the convenience of a sippy cup, only offer water in it.

Child's teeth dos and donts chart to prevent tooth decay

For any questions or concerns about baby bottle tooth decay or ways to prevent it, schedule a visit with our practice today. Dr. Laura and Dr. Rachel are here to help your child enjoy the best oral health possible! You can call our office at (330) 425-1885.

*This blog is intended to inform readers, not serve as medical advice.

Welcome to Our Blog

We’re excited to announce the official launch of our Dr. Laura Smiles blog.
We’ll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we’re there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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Here’s to your best oral health ever!

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