A healthy mouth is important to your baby's overall health. Teeth help your baby chew food and form sounds and words when speaking. They also affect the way your baby's jaws grow.
At GRPD we encourage parents to make their children's first dental visit at 6 months of age. This age corresponds with the opening of the window of infection of decay causing strains of bacteria. You can learn at this early visit what strategies are useful for avoiding this infection- hopefully leading to your child having a decay-free life. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend a first dental visit by 12 months of age, we feel that it makes more sense to get the preventive information you need when it can do you the most good.
Start cleaning your baby's mouth twice a day even before the first tooth appears. Until your child is 1 year of age, it may be adequate to use a wet wash cloth or gauze to clean your baby's teeth and gums. Dr. Pivnik recommends a product called "Spiffies", for this task. www.SPIFFIES.com It is a cloth infused with Xylitol in a pleasant tasting form. This leaves a film on your baby's gums and teeth that actually inhibits harmful decay-causing bacteria from inhabiting your child's mouth.