St. Johns baby dentist, Dr. Lyna Naseri: "Infants aged 0 to 3 years can develop early childhood caries or other conditions with harmful consequences. That’s why it’s important to develop good habits at an early age and instil a routine that will benefit your child throughout their lifetime."
Baby dentist, Dr. Lyna Naseri: "Your infant’s mouth should be cleaned daily. This will keep their teeth healthy and create a good environment for their adult teeth. It can also help prevent painful conditions associated with poor oral health.
Remember that strong baby teeth will help your little one chew food and pronounce words properly. All this will help bolster their self-esteem!"
Baby dentist, Dr. Lyna Naseri: "Before your baby starts teething, you can gently wipe their gums using a clean, damp cloth.
Once the first tooth erupts, you can start using a baby toothbrush. You can add a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice)."
Don’t send your toddler to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or other sweet beverage. This can lead to cavities.
Choose healthy foods, even at snack time. Fruit, nuts and cheese are great choices that can limit the amount of sugar present in the mouth.
Many babies suck their thumb or fingers. This is normal. However, when this habit persists after the age of 3, it can:
Check your children’s teeth once a month. Look under their lips to see if the enamel near the gumline has changed colour (brown, yellow or dull white). If you notice any discolouration, call us right away. It could be an early sign of cavities.
We offer oral health check ups for babies at the following locations: