Top 5 Dental Myths for Infants and Toddlers!


posted by on Ashley Hebert, DMD.


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1.  I only have to take my child to the dentist when they have all their teeth in. FALSE.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines state that the first examination is recommended at the time of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. The developing dentition and occlusion should be monitored throughout eruption at regular clinical examinations.

2.  Juice is a healthy drink choice for my child. FALSE

People often think juice is perfectly safe for their child because it is loaded with Vitamin C, however what you don’t know is that it is one of the leading causes of childhood caries.  Water should be the only thing you are allowing your child to drink on a regular basis.

3.  Putting my baby to sleep with a bottle is safe and the only way they can fall asleep. FALSE.

There is actually a syndrome named after this.  It is called Baby Bottle Syndrome and here are a few pictures of what it looks like. 





Need I say more??


4.  Children don’t need fillings in their baby teeth; they fall out anyway!

“Baby” teeth, just like permanent teeth, still experience cavities, pain, and and the potential to cause life-threatening infections.  They need to be monitored and treated just as “adult” teeth.  Cavities are an infection, and you would never leave infection elsewhere in the body right?

5.  My child can brush their own teeth by themselves.

Children lack the manual dexterity to brush on their own, but it also important to allow them feel a sense of accomplishment by allowing them to do it on their own. Once your child has finished brushing, its important for you to go back over to check their work and make sure they didn’t miss a spot! A good rule of thumb is, if your child can tie their own shoe, they usually have the dexterity to brush their own teeth.  You should still monitor until you barely have to touch up!

There are so many more myths to come!



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