Having a child depend on you is a huge responsibility. With it comes many cares, concerns and questions, many of which have no specific answer. Luckily, when it comes to teeth, there are answers. Let’s look at a common concern–Baby Bottle Tooth Decay– as well as what to do to prevent it.
You can keep your child from developing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (also called Early Childhood Caries). Start an oral hygiene habit a few days after they are born, by gently wiping the gums with a clean gauze pad. Continue this practice after each feeding. When the child gets her or his first tooth, begin brushing teeth very gently with a very soft-bristled brush and a rice-grain-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste. Both of these practices prevent plaque from staying on your child’s teeth, which would cause decay. Continue to assist and then supervise brushing teeth until your child is about 6 or 7.
Additionally, you can help prevent tooth decay by only putting breast milk, milk, or formula in baby’s bottles. Even then, prolonged exposure to the sugary liquid could contribute to Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Thus, babies should finish their bottle before naptime or bedtime.
For more information, call Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children in Napa, California, at 707-257-6453. Dr. David Suttie and our team are happy to help!