Avoid ‘Baby Bottle Tooth Decay’

Tooth decay, without teeth? It can happen. That’s because (even though you can’t see them) your baby’s 20 primary teeth are present at birth. Todd Coy, DMD, Section Head of Dentistry at Cleveland Clinic, recommends four healthy habits to avoid what he calls “baby bottle tooth decay”: 1. Wipe off baby’s gums While a baby’s … Read More

Tips to Wean Your Baby from Pacifiers

It might be called a parent’s first bout of “separation anxiety.” No, not the first day of preschool or kindergarten, but the day you decide to wean your baby from the pacifier. Deb Lonzer, MD, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says whether you go cold turkey or take a gradual approach, the pacifier … Read More