It’s never too early to worry about your baby’s oral health. In fact, laying the foundation for healthy teeth starts while your baby is still in the womb. So, it is important to debunk these motherhood myths that are actually bad for baby teeth.
Myth #1: Honey Pacifiers Are Great For Calming A Baby
Here’s the problem with giving your baby a honey-soaked pacifier– it provides a coating of sugar on newly-protruding baby teeth. Sucking on a pacifier that contains honey, (or the knock-offs that are sold with corn syrup) causes your baby to be at a greater risk of tooth decay. If the fact that it’s bad for baby teeth is not enough to put you off, honey has been linked to botulism in babies, which can be life-threatening.
Myth #2: Your Child Doesn’t Need To See The Dentist Until They Start School
This is actually both bad for baby teeth and overall oral health. In fact, it is recommended that your baby sees the dentist after his first tooth appears or at age one, whichever comes first. During this first visit, the dentist will clean your baby’s teeth and gums, assess your baby for any apparent problems, educate you on proper cleaning, and determine the need for fluoride treatment.
Myth #3: Soothe Your Baby At Night With A Bottle Of Milk
While milk has many benefits for a growing baby, it also contains a lot of sugar that can cause harm to incoming teeth. Giving your baby a bottle of milk to sleep with at night allows for increased exposure to these sugars and can lead to early tooth decay. Instead, give your baby milk before bedtime, so you’ll be able to clean her teeth before she goes to sleep. Or, if you must leave the bottle overnight, fill the bottle with water instead of milk.
Myth #4: Baby Teeth Aren’t As Important As Adult Teeth
Maintaining healthy baby teeth is actually very important to your child’s adult teeth. If your child’s baby teeth begin to experience tooth decay, the decay could continue to attack the adult teeth still under the surface of the gum. Also, losing baby teeth too early can lead to overcrowding in adult teeth. For this reason, take great care of your child’s baby teeth and be sure to teach them proper oral care at a young age.
A Sugar Land Dentist for Healthy Baby Teeth
Baby teeth are very important in the development of your child’s smile, and we want to help you avoid any myths that are bad for baby teeth. If you have any concerns over the health of your baby’s teeth, or need to schedule their first appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile in Sugar Land, Texas to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.