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The Necessity of Avoiding Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

June 29, 2017

If you are unaware of what baby bottle tooth decay is, it is an oral health disorder in children caused by the deterioration of their teeth, often associated with sugary sweets found in baby bottles. Listed below are a few tactics to help your keep your child safe from baby bottle tooth decay:

– Tooth decay can be caused in your child by introducing them to new bacteria, including contamination from your mouth to theirs via using the same toothbrush or cleaning their bottle tops with your mouth. Always wash every product before giving anything to your child, and never share toothbrushes.
– Even though it may help your child to drink from their bottle, do not coat the bottle top in any form of sugary substance, including honey.
– The liquid from a drink can pool in your child’s mouth as they sleep and cause baby bottle tooth decay, so remove the bottle during naptime.
– Baby bottle tooth decay can begin to occur as soon as the first tooth in your child’s mouth appears above the gum line, which often occurs when the child is half a year old.
– Avoid using fluoride for extremely young children, and typically brush their teeth with a dab of toothpaste equivalent to the size of a grain of rice.
– A child’s mouth is highly susceptible to baby bottle tooth decay from bottle drinks such as sodas, juices, sugar water, and sports drinks.

To learn more about baby bottle tooth decay, contact Dr. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Van Arsdall, Dr. Roden-Johnson, Dr. Shoptaw, and Dr. Shook and our team at Killeen Children’s Dental Center by calling us at (254) 262-3131. If you would like an oral exam for your child, our pediatric office is located in Harker Heights, TX. We are here to proudly keep you and your child’s smile healthy and happy.

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