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Because a young child cannot be expected to care for their own smile, it is up to the caregiver to keep their teeth fresh and strong. However, sugary drinks can easily hinder a child’s oral health care progress due to a disorder known as baby bottle tooth decay. Make the most of your baby bottle tooth decay prevention methods by following these helpful guidelines:

– The optimum amount of toothpaste to be used for children under three should be roughly the size of a rice grain, and should never contain fluoride.

– Keep bottles away from your child as they nap so that liquid does not pool in their mouth.

– Never share products from your mouth to your child’s mouth that have not been thoroughly washed. This includes pacifiers, bottles, and brushes, as they can all move new bacteria from your mouth to your child’s.

– Children begin to have their first teeth break above the gum line around 6 months old. When the teeth begin to show, clean and care for them daily to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.

– If you are feeding your child sugary drinks, such as soda, sports drinks, sugar water, and juice, it will increase the chances for baby bottle tooth decay to set in.

– Honey or other sweet substances used atop baby bottles to encourage your child to drink from their bottle should not be used.

If you would like to discuss a baby bottle tooth decay treatment with Dr. Lynn Leyde and the rest of our team here at Professional Dental Care, please schedule an appointment to come see us at our dental office in Shoreline, Washington. Our number is 206-546-8377. Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of for your child with our help now.