Did you know that your child can suffer from tooth decay at a young age? Well, it’s true! This dental issue is called baby bottle tooth decay and it is more common than you might think. Our Langworthy Family Dentistry team recommends that you do your best to prevent this dental issue as much as possible by doing the following things:
· Wipe your child’s mouth with a moist washcloth or gauze pad after each feeding. This will wash the harmful particles away from the teeth and gums.
· Once your child’s teeth grow into place, brush them twice a day with a child-sized soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Until they are 3 years old, please only use a small amount of toothpaste to brush—about the size of a small grain of rice. Between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, feel free to use a pea-sized amount of paste.
· Supervise your child as they brush. That way, they will thoroughly clean their smile and they will not swallow the toothpaste.
· Avoid filling your child’s bottle with soda and sugary drinks. The best drinks to put into the bottle include milk, breast milk, and formula.
· Make sure your child finishes their bottle before they go to bed, even if it’s just for a nap.
· Do not dip your child’s pacifier in sugar or honey.
For more information about preventing baby bottle tooth decay, please remember that you can always call 919-762-3239 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We also strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristen Langworthy if you notice any signs of tooth decay in your child’s smile. We are here to help you in any way we can!