Have ever heard of baby bottle tooth decay? Although it is simply tooth decay in children, it is aptly named this because of the prevalence of baby bottles in the creation of oral health failure in children, which is so often linked to sugary products and drinks individuals use in their child’s baby bottles. To better care for your child’s oral health, here are some tips on how to avoid baby bottle tooth decay:
– Honey or other sweet substances should not be used to encourage your child to drink from their bottle.
– Never share products from your mouth to your child’s mouth that have not been cleaned. This includes pacifiers, bottles, and brushes, as they can all introduce new bacteria from your mouth to your child’s.
– Children begin to have their first teeth erupt above the gum line around 6 months old. When the teeth begin to appear, clean and care for them daily to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
– The ideal size of toothpaste to be used for children under three should be roughly the size of a rice grain, and should never contain fluoride.
– If you are feeding your child sugary drinks, such as soda, sports drinks, sugar water, and juice, you greatly increase their risk for baby bottle tooth decay.
– Keep bottles away from your child as they sleep.
To discuss your oral health care options with Dr. Trace M. Lund and the rest of our team at Provo Pediatric Dentistry, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in Provo, Utah. Our number is 801-373-4200, and we look forward to making your child’s smile shine soon!