Although children’s first set of teeth are not permanent, how they are taken care of can affect the health of the permanent teeth. Even at birth, children have 20 primary teeth under their gums that will make way for 32 permanent teeth.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is important to clean infants’ gums after every feeding. This can be done with a baby soft-bristled tooth brush or a clean wash cloth. When their first teeth start to appear, they should be cleaned at least once a day. Fluoridated toothpaste is suggested since children cannot spit on their own.
Leaving a bottle of milk, juice, or formula with the child while they go to sleep is the leading cause of tooth decay in children. It’s better not to leave a bottle in the crib for safety reasons, but a bottle of plain water is safest.