Starting this week, parents who deliver babies will receive a custom oral health shark bag designed to educate parents about the importance of baby oral health.
The Essex County Dental Society, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the City of Windsor have prepared 4,000 Shark Bags to be distributed to new parents in the Family Birthing Centre at Windsor Regional Hospital.
Each Oral Health Shark Bag contains:
- Baby Oral Health education resource
- Tooth eruption magnet that explains when to expect baby teeth and when they fall out
- Infant finger brush
- Baby teeth flosser
“Many people think that baby teeth don’t matter because they’ll eventually fall out,” Says Dr. Domenic Aversa from the Essex County Dental Society. “But baby teeth are very important because they help your child chew food and talk clearly. They also save space for the permanent teeth.”
Baby dental care should begin before their first tooth arrives. Dental professionals suggest that parents and caregivers wipe the baby’s mouth and gums using a clean, warm cloth after each feeding and before bed.
The Essex County Dental Society suggests bringing your baby to the dentist by their first birthday for an oral health exam. Parents are encouraged to call your dental care provider to discuss baby oral health options.