Are you aware of the dangers of baby bottle tooth decay? Although it is important to ensure your child is constantly given the proper nourishment, exercise caution when using various sugary drinks for young children and infants, as they can easily lead to tooth decay and cavities. The reason is often due to the amount of time the substances are exposed to a youngster’s teeth. Here are some helpful treatments to combat the effects of baby bottle tooth decay:
– Circumvent sugary drinks in baby bottles, such as sugar water, honey water, soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and juice, as these can all contribute to baby bottle tooth decay.
– When brushing your infant’s teeth, use a toothpaste dab roughly the size of a rice grain.
– Keep baby bottles clean and clear of contamination, and never share any pacifiers with your infant until they have also been cleaned.
– A child’s first tooth begins to erupt in an infant’s mouth around 5-7 months of age, at which time they need to be cared for and cleaned daily.
– Never cover the top of a baby bottle in honey or other sugary substances.
If you would like to speak with Dr. Andrea Miller and our team about your child’s oral health, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County in Mentor, Ohio, by calling (440)266-1740. We will do our best to help your child’s smile in every way we can.