-Protect all sharp corners on furniture with cloth or foam and remove center tables from play area as your baby starts to crawl and cruise.
-Protect electrical outlets and cover cords to prevent oral burns.
-Cover bathtub faucet to prevent accidents
-Sleeping patterns are established by 7-9 months of age. To prevent cavities and stop your child from learning to soothe themselves with food, avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle containing anything but water.
-Clean your baby’s teeth just before putting them to bed.
-Avoid giving your child juice until after 12 months of age unless directed by a doctor.
-Limit sticky foods in your infant’s diet (raisins, dried fruit, gummy snacks.)
-Limit snacks to one between meals and avoid grazing.
-Avoid dipping pacifiers in sugary foods
-pacifier use in the first year of life reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. After 1 year wean off the pacifier to decrease risk of ear infections and dental changes.
– prevent the spread of mouth germs that may cause cavities by limiting saliva-sharing activities with your infant – sharing utensils, testing the temperature of the bottle with your mouth, or cleaning a pacifier with your mouth.
– Clean your infant’s gums with a moist washcloth after feeding.
-Look at your child’s gums and teeth regularly. If you see any changes report them to your child’s dentist.
– When teeth are present, brush with a soft bristled toothbrush.
-Use a small amount of fluoride-containing toothpaste – the size of a grain of rice