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Did you know that you should take your baby to see the dentist about six months after their first tooth comes in? Or that there are a few steps you should take to keep your baby’s mouth healthy? For instance, had you heard that you should brush their gums gently with a soft, damp cloth before their first tooth comes in? Or that you should brush their first tooth as soon as its come in? Similarly, would you be surprised to learn that common items—like pacifiers and bottles—could lead to problems. Fortunately, these issues can be avoided fairly easily.

For example, do you use a pacifier? If you do, that’s perfectly understandable. Children often need a pacifier to calm down, especially when their teeth are coming in. Granted, using a pacifier for too long can lead to problems. For example, excessive sucking could cause teeth to come in slanted or narrow the roof of the mouth–but these problems don’t usually start until your child is about four. However, please don’t coat your child’s pacifier in anything sweet. This can increase your child’s chances of having cavities.

Similarly, did you know that your child could have to deal with tooth decay because of their bottle? Usually, this happens when parents give their baby a bottle when putting them to bed. When a child’s teeth stay in contact with sugary drinks (including milk) for extended periods of time, their teeth become more vulnerable to decay. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem–don’t give you child milk or another sugary drink when putting them to bed. If your child needs a bottle to sleep, we recommend filling it with water.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us at 860-673-7155. Our entire team, including Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner, is excited to hear from you.