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3 Dental Tips To Keep Your Baby's Teeth Healthy And Strong

by Jeremiah Barnett

As the parent, you are one of the main providers for your baby. They essentially rely on you for just about everything, so it is important that you have a good understanding of each need that they have. One very important thing that you must do for your baby when they begin getting teeth is to care for their new teeth. This is likely something you have never done before, so you may need some pediatric dental tips in order to make sure you are doing the best that you can. Here are three great dental tips .

Feed Them Nutrient-Rich Foods

In terms of making sure that the teeth your baby has grow in healthy and strong and remain this way, it is important to feed your baby foods that are rich with nutrients. If they are still nursing, make sure that they are drinking enough each day. If you have started introducing baby purees into their diet, try your best to give them a good variety of them each day.  By doing these things, you can make a huge difference in the health of your baby, and more specifically the health of their teeth.

Brush Their Teeth For Them

It is important that you brush you baby's teeth for them rather than letting them attempt to brush their teeth themselves. By doing this, you make sure that each and every aspect of their teeth and gums are being properly cared for. As soon as they get a few teeth in their mouth, you should begin flossing their teeth at least once a day. This allows them to get used to floss so that it won't be a problem as they grow older. It is great to encourage them to brush their teeth once you are done brushing them so that they learn how, but you should continue to brush them until they have a full understanding of how to brush their teeth on their own.

Avoid Giving Them Milk Before Bed

Milk has a sugar in it called lactose that can deteriorate teeth if it sits on them for an extended period of time. Because of this, you should avoid giving your baby milk right before bed, unless you plan to brush their teeth after they are done drinking it. This will reduce the chances of the milk weakening your baby's tooth enamel and increasing their risk of getting cavities.

By feeding your baby a good variety of the foods that they need, brushing their teeth for them until the appropriate age, and not leaving milk on their teeth overnight, you can help them have healthy and strong teeth. Contact a pediatric dental clinic for additional advice.