Although your child’s teeth do not stay in forever, they have a very important role in the first few years of their life. Baby teeth can get cavities if not properly taken care of. One of the biggest causes of tooth decay in infants and toddlers is referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.
Children need their teeth in order to properly eat and learn to speak new words. Their first teeth are also responsible for helping their adult teeth come in correctly so it is very important to take proper care of their teeth in order to prevent future dental issues.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay typically affects the upper front teeth but may still affect the teeth around them. Many things can cause tooth decay; prolonged and frequent use of drinks that contain sugar, putting a baby to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used in replace for a pacifier.
Transferring cavity-causing bacteria to the infant from the primary caregiver can also put your child at high risk. The bacteria is passed through saliva if the mother puts the baby’s spoon in her mouth or cleans a pacifier with her mouth the bacteria is passed to the child.
Lack of fluoride use can also put a child at increased risk, but the good news is that Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is preventable.
• Try to avoid sharing saliva with child through everyday items like spoons, bottles, and pacifiers. After feeding clean your gilds gums with a damp and clean washcloth.
• When your child teeth finally break through brush the gently with a toothbrush and smear a small amount of fluoride until the age of three.
• Brush teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride from ages 3 to 6.
• Supervise brushing until your child has learned to spit out toothpaste rather than swallow it.
• Avoid filling your child’s bottle with drinks that contain sugar.
• Have your child finish their bottles before placing them down for bed.
• If your child uses a pacifier provide them with a plain and clean one that hasn’t been dipped in sugar or other sweet food items.
• Encourage your child to drink from sippy cups by their first birthday.
• Help your child to maintain healthy eating habits.
When your child begins to show teeth talk to a dentist about setting up their first dental visit. Starting them early on healthy oral hygiene habits helps set a lifetime of healthy teeth.

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