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A new year has begun! For many individuals, this could be the year for a new job, a new car, a new house, and potentially even a new baby. If you are fortunate enough to welcome a newborn into the world this year, make sure to plan for their early oral health care.

Their first tooth will be here before you know it, as they begin to break the skin around 6-10 months of age. As soon as it happens, their teeth are exposed to the world and all bacteria in it. Thus, preparing a solid game plan in advance can help you and the baby in what will be a lifelong battle to protect their teeth and gums.

Always make sure that your children are being fed healthy foods and served healthy drinks. Some foods and drinks can be broken down into harmful acids within our mouths. These harmful acids have the capability of eating through tooth enamel. If the child uses pacifiers, never dip them in sugary or sweet substances. Also, do not share eating utensils with the child as you can pass harmful bacteria onto them.

After your child’s first tooth has broken through the skin, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Pennyrile Family Dentistry for an oral examination at our office in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

After the first tooth has appeared, you should begin brushing the child’s mouth. Until they are three years old, you do not need to use more than a grain-sized amount of toothpaste for each cleaning. Always use dentist-recommended toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

For more information about your child’s oral health, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Joseph N. Falco, we can be reached at 270-632-6404. We look forward to making your child’s smile shine bright!