Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Prevention Techniques

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Have you ever heard of baby bottle tooth decay? If not, our Children's Crossing team is happy to tell you all about it. Baby bottle tooth decay in Saratoga Springs, Utah, is a common dental problem found among many babies. It’s a serious issue that can lead to poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged permanent teeth. So, it’s best to avoid this problem at all costs, and Dr. Michael C. Tew and our team recommend doing so by doing the following things:

-Wipe your child’s gums after each meal with a clean washcloth or gauze pad.
-Do not share saliva with the baby by using common feeding spoons or by licking the pacifier.
-When your child’s teeth grow into place, brush them with a child-sized toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
-Do not send your child to bed with a bottle full of sugary liquids. It’s best to only have breastmilk, formula, milk, or water in the bottle.
-Do not dip the pacifier in sugar or honey before giving it to them.
-Have your child finish their bottle before going to bed.
-Bring your child into our office for their first dental checkup by the time they are 1 year old or six months after their first tooth has grown into place.

If your child happens to suffer from baby bottle tooth decay, please call 801-766-4900 at your earliest convenience and schedule an appointment with your dentist. The sooner your child comes into our office and receives the treatment they need, the sooner their oral health and smile will be improved. We look forward to helping you!