25 Apr Keep Your Child Safe from Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Keep your child safe form baby bottle tooth decay. Although it is important to ensure a child is constantly fed, exercise caution when using any type of sugary drinks for young children and infants, as they can easily lead to tooth decay and cavities. The reason is often attributed to the time the substances are exposed to a youngster’s teeth. Here are some helpful cues to combat the effects of baby bottle tooth decay:
– Teeth begin to erupt in an infant’s mouth around 5-7 months of age, at which time they need to be brushed daily.
– Keep any baby bottles clean and free of cross-contamination, and avoid sharing any bottles or pacifiers with your infant until they have also been cleaned.
– Never coat the top of a baby bottle in honey or other sugary materials.
– When brushing a young child’s teeth, use a toothpaste dab the size of a grain of rice.
– Eliminate sugary drinks in baby bottles from your child’s daily routine, such as sugar water, honey water, soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and juice, as these can all contribute to baby bottle tooth decay.
If you would like to schedule a treatment for your child with Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates, simply call our pediatric office at 919-471-9106 for an appointment in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD and the rest of our team look forward to helping correct your child’s smile so it can shine brightly for many years to come!