Leading pediatric dentistry expert, says that there are five myths about baby teeth that must be dispelled to get your child on the path to good oral health.
Online PR News – 06-April-2017 – New York, NY – According to Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, DMD, FAAPD, a New York City pediatric dentist with offices in New York City and world-renowned as one of the best Childrens Dentist (www.949pediatricdentistry.com), there is often much confusion about what to do when your baby’s teeth start making an appearance around the age of six months. Jacobson, an expert in early childhood dental care is determined to dispel common misconceptions so that children and their parents can be on the right path from the very start.
Myth #1: Baby Teeth Are Not That Important
“There is no doubt that your baby’s primary teeth are temporary and will eventually fall out,” says Dr. Jacobson. “However, baby teeth play a very important role. They are essential for eating and getting proper nutrition, for the structure of the face, and for holding space for the adult teeth to come in properly.”
Dr. Jacobson says that if a tooth is lost to decay, the other teeth could shift and negatively affect the adult teeth growing in. They are also critical for your baby’s speech development.
Myth #2: Teething Can Make Your Baby Sick.
Dr. Jacobson says that although you may have heard that teething causes diarrhea, fever, and a whole host of other problems, research has show that these symptoms are actually quite mild.
“Gum irritation, drooling, and irritability are the most common symptoms associated with teething,” he says. “Some babies may also experience a slight rise in temperature. However, a true fever isn’t related to teething.”
Myth #3: You Should Brush Your Baby’s Teeth Once A Day.
“Actually, you should be brushing baby teeth twice daily,” Dr. Jacobson says. “It takes approximately 24 hours for plaque to build up enough strength to damage the tooth structure.”
Dr. Jacobson says that he and his staff recommend brushing twice a day, to improve the likelihood of more thorough plaque removal. Before your baby has any teeth, he suggests cleaning the mouth and gums with a damp washcloth.
“Once the first tooth sprouts, switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush, and use fluoride toothpaste sparingly,” he says. “A small amount, the size of a grain of rice, is all you need.”
Myth #4: Kids Should Not Have Fluoride Toothpaste until 2 Years Old
According to Dr. Jacobson, parents and caregivers should be giving the child fluoride toothpaste from the start.
“Fluoride significantly decreases the chances of decay,” Dr. Jacobson says. “While it is okay to use toothpastes designed for babies and toddlers, it is important to remember that, if the baby-labeled toothpaste does not have any fluoride, it will not provide any cavity-prevention benefits.”
Dr. Jacobson does say to avoid adult toothpastes that have additional ingredients for things like whitening or tartar control.
Myth #5: Babies Can’t Get Cavities
“If you have a tooth, it can get a cavity,” Dr. Jacobson says. “Even though your baby’s teeth will fall out eventually, that doesn’t mean decay is a small or temporary problem. If left untreated, a cavity in a baby tooth may cause the tooth to become infected or abscessed, which can cause pain and swelling.”
Furthermore, Dr. Jacobson explains that a permanent tooth is forming right at the ends of the root of the baby tooth, so any infection in the baby tooth can damage the permanent tooth. One study found that children who had cavities in their baby teeth were three times more likely to develop cavities in their adult teeth.
“In addition to brushing, the most important way to reduce your baby’s likelihood of developing cavities is to avoid putting him to bed with a bottle of formula or juice, or breastfeeding him on and off throughout the night,” Dr. Jacobson says. “The bacteria that cause cavities love sugar and carbohydrates. When the baby falls asleep, the liquid pools in his mouth and provides the opportunity for cavities to develop.”
A parent should also avoid sharing utensils with the child or putting the child’s pacifier in the parent’s mouth, Dr. Jacobson says, because both can pass on adult cavity-causing germs to the baby.
For 18 years, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson DMD, FAAPD, has been a leading children's dentist or pediatric dentist. His practice, located at 949 Park Avenue, New York, NY, offers laser dentistry for children, cosmetic dentistry for children, preoperative dental care for children, soft tissue procedures, 3D CAD-CAM crown fabrication, porcelain fillings, and treatment of fearful children, with behavior management experts on hand. Call 212-997-6453 (212-99-SMILE) for more information or visit Dr. Jacobson’s website at www.949pediatricdentistry.com).