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QuestionWhat oral care information is important to know for infants and children?
AnswerEven though infants are born without teeth, it is important to begin cleaning their mouths early, even as soon as the first few days after birth. After every feeding, it is recommended to wipe the baby's gums with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. This establishes at an early age the importance of oral hygiene and the feel of having clean teeth and gums.
As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition can occur when an infant is allowed to nurse continuously from a bottle of milk, formula, sugar water or fruit juice during naps or at night. If these liquids pool around the child's teeth during sleep, the teeth will be attacked by acids for long periods of time, and serious decay can result. If a bottle is used as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. And a pacifier should never be dipped into sugar or honey.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends scheduling a visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and no later than the child's first birthday.
For more information please visit our Colgate Oral Care Resource Center to learn more about oral health for infant to children at: Infants to Children