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Protect Your Child from Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

March 15, 2017

If your child experiences excessive exposure to sugar, they could suffer from the effects of baby bottle tooth decay. Oftentimes, baby bottle tooth decay is caused by sugary substances in baby bottles that can linger around the mouths of young infants, exposing them to oral health risks to their teeth. Listed below are some suggestions to keep your child’s mouth safe:

– Always keep your baby’s bottle clean and free from contamination.
– Never share eating utensils or other products from your mouth with your child.
– After your baby’s first tooth erupts above their gum line, typically around 6 months of age, you must begin to care for it.
– Used toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
– When determining how much toothpaste to use for your child, try to go for roughly a grain-sized amount per session.
– Avoid sugary drinks such as soft drinks, juices, sugar water, and honey-infused water for your infant.
– Never coat a child’s drink bottle or pacifier with sugars including honey, jam, or any other sweet substances.

To learn more about baby bottle tooth decay, or to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician at Victoria Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, call our pediatric office in Victoria, TX at (361) 433-4704. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Roden-Johnson, and Dr. Afridi and our entire team want to ensure your child’s oral health is shining for years to come.