Brush Your Bambino's Biters
Nothing can warm your heart like that gap-toothed grin on your little kiddo. But when you go to brush their teeth, it can be a different story. Smiles could turn to cries and frowns. And many parents decide not to fight the nightly battle, thinking baby teeth don't last anyway. Just wait a couple years and they’ll be gone, right? Wrong!
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Amazingly, the state of your little one’s baby teeth really does matter. Bacteria cause cavities. Those bacteria set up shop in your baby’s mouth if you don’t regularly brush their teeth and keep them away from sugary foods and drinks. Once the bacteria have colonized, it’s really hard to make them go away. The bacteria remain, even though the baby’s teeth fall out. When those beautiful new permanent teeth start popping through, the bacteria are there to attack the enamel and cause cavities.
So, take care of that precious little grin, even though baby teeth aren’t here to stay. Brush them morning and night with a smear of children's toothpaste. And even before they have teeth, rub their gums with a washcloth. Don’t put sweet drinks in the bottle or sippy cup. Make sure the only thing that goes in the bottle after brushing at night is water.
Baby teeth do matter. How well you take care of them can make a difference for the rest of your child’s life.
Discover the small changes in dental habits that can have big effects on a child’s oral health. For more information and to pledge to take your child to the dentist by 1, visit www.dentistby1.com/Illinois.