Taking Care of Your Baby’s Oral Health
Tips on What to Do
Believe it or not, your infant’s oral hygiene is important — even before they have teeth! Bacteria can build up inside your child’s mouth, causing harm to their gums and, eventually, their teeth. Though children’s teeth are temporary, they’re still vulnerable to infection and decay when not taken care of properly. Listed below are a few simple ways to secure your infant’s oral health. Your Dental Health One important way to maintain your child’s dental health is to maintain your own. Not only does this lead to good habits for the both of you, it can prevent bacteria from spreading. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bacteria called streptococcus mutans can spread from mothers to their infants, which can lead to dental decay. Cleaning It’s important to keep your infant’s mouth clean. Bacteria can grow in their mouth and around their gums, creating infections even before baby teeth set in. Clean your infant’s mouth at least twice a day or after
each meal. Wash your hands, then wrap clean, damp gauze around your finger, and gently wipe your baby’s gums. Appointments Scheduling a dental appointment is a sure way to prevent problems. You should see a dentist regularly to make sure your teeth are healthy before and after your child is born. When your child turns 1 year old, or their first tooth appears, take your infant in for their first dental appointment.
By taking care of your dental health, you can take care of your infant’s. Call Briarfield Dental
at 419-866-6985, and start your child down the path to lifelong oral care. Teeth or no teeth, oral health is important, and keeping up with it will benefit you and your child in the long run.
Fun Facts and Trivia It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow — try it! • The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language. • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.” Maine is the only state that has a one- syllable name. • • • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
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Remembering My Favorite Concert
I heard a song on the radio recently that reminded me of something: I really like Pink Floyd. I’ve liked them since the ’70s, and almost 50 years later, I can’t help but rock out when their songs play on the radio. There’s something about the band’s guitarist, David Gilmour, that I really appreciate. I was far from a ’70s hippie, like most of the band’s early fan base, but I loved their music then, and I have followed their careers ever since. The best concert I ever attended was when Pink Floyd played at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, in the fall of 1987. Before the Silverdome fell to ruin, it was a massive, beautiful indoor arena, and the sound during that show was perfect and clear. This was their “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” tour, which was their first tour after the band broke up and the first time the band performed without their original bassist, Roger Waters. Even with his absence, the show was incredible. “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall” by Pink Floyd are two of the best-selling albums of all time, but my favorite Pink Floyd album is “Wish You Were Here.” During the Silverdome concert, they played a half-side of “Wish You Were Here,” and I loved every minute of it. Before you ask ... Yes, I do still have my Pink Floyd T-shirt from that concert.
• There are only four words in the
English language which end in “dous” — tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Most people fall asleep in seven minutes.
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