Nap Time Tips for Healthy Young Teeth

 

Shhhhhh! Has the little one finally gone down for a nap? Holiday times can be exhausting for any age, with heightened excitement and schedules completely out the window. However, good oral hygiene in Dallas, TX never takes a break, and it’s important to look after the dental health of babies, toddlers and children all year round. We encourage you to schedule preventive checkups and cleanings at less busy times of year, if that is more convenient. These nap time tips are good any time! 

Remove Baby Bottles From Cribs and Beds

Just like adult mouths, young mouths harbor hundreds of strains of oral bacteria that can cause tooth decay. When children fall asleep with a bottle, the milk or juice that stays on their teeth is like a buffet for bacteria, as they feed off sugars and starches. Little teeth are just as susceptible to cavities as adult teeth, and they need your help to remain healthy until they naturally fall out and are replaced by adult teeth.

Limit Pacifier Use, When Possible

There are times when a pacifier comes in handy, but they can cause children’s teeth and jaws to move out of correct position if they are in constant use. Dr. Marr and our dental team, as well as dental experts worldwide, suggest bringing your baby in for an appointment around age 1, or when teeth begin to erupt from the gums. After this initial checkup, parents can discuss the best schedule of appointments to allow for periodic examination for orthodontic concerns, as well as routine checkups and cleanings for healthy teeth.

Soothing Routines Set A Calm Tone

There are many studies that show the positive effects of a darkened room, soothing music or a warm bath to help a young child settle into a nap or bedtime. Being physically active during the day (although not right before bedtime) can also help. As children grow older, having outlets for self-calming and stress relief may help prevent teeth-damaging habits such as biting fingernails or chewing on hard objects like pencils and pens.

Nap Time Needn’t Negatively Impact Oral Health

Help your little one with sweet dreams as well as healthy teeth. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients living in Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities, including Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.