Caring for Baby Teeth

Dr. Lisa Skutak | July 11th, 2012 |

Mothers and pregnant women need to have healthy mouths in order to prevent transmitting the bacteria that cause cavities to their children.

Never put soda or sweetened drinks in a bottle.  Use breast milk, formula or water in a baby’s bottle.

Don’t put your child to bed with a bottle that contains juice or milk.  Use water in the bottle.  Natural sugars in juice or milk may cause Baby Bottle Decay.

Wait until a child’s first birthday before giving juice and then limit to meals and snack time.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children drink from a cup by age 1.

Don’t dip pacifiers in sweet substances like sugar or honey.  Clean pacifiers with hot water and a mild soap and rinse thoroughly. Never clean a pacifier in an adult’s mouth due to transmission of  adult’s bacteria to the baby.

Always provide healthy snacks (peanut butter, milk, yogurt, cheese, fruits and vegetables), and parents should remember to limit sweets to their children.

Before baby teeth appear, gently wipe gums and inside of mouth after feedings and before bed with a clean warm cloth.

When the first tooth erupts, brush babies teeth twice a day with a soft, age appropriate sized toothbrush and a light “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste.  For a 2-5 year old child, use a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and help your child brush.

Posted on July 11th, 2012 5:45 pm

Management of a Tooth Displaced from the Socket

Dr. Lisa Skutak | January 18th, 2012 |

When a tooth becomes displaced from the socket during a traumatic event, great care should be taken to treat the displaced tooth carefully.

  • Verify if it is a permanent tooth. Baby teeth should not be replanted.
  • Hold the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root of the tooth.
  • If there is dirt on the root, gently rinse in cold water, saline, or milk for 10 seconds. Do not scrub the tooth.
  • The best immediate treatment is to replant/reposition the tooth back into the socket and hold the tooth into position until seeing dentist.
  • If unable to immediately place tooth back into socket, place the tooth in an appropriate storage medium such as milk, saliva, or contact lens solution (saline). Cold milk is considered the best alternative because of its availability and physiologic properties. Milk can help maintain the cells around the root of the tooth. Contact lens solution can also be used as an alternative.
  • Avoid storing the tooth in water. It is a hypotonic solution and causes the cells around the root of the tooth to enlarge and rupture.
  • The patient should be seen immediately for care.
Posted on January 18th, 2012 11:58 am