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The first year of an infant’s life can be some of the most rewarding days as a parent, but are also the most important days to be vigilant. All caregivers to the child that are responsible for their oral health care should be prepared in advance of their first tooth so that the infant will be able to get the care and attention they deserve. The more you do to prepare for their health care, the greater the likelihood of success.

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 Copper Cove Pediatric Dentistry for an oral examination at our office in South Jordan, Utah.

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. Troy Hardy, we can be reached at 801-446-2080. We look forward to making your child’s smile shine bright!