How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Since tooth decay can start at such an early age, the parent should remain alert to discover and prevent it as soon as possible.  This will eliminate further dental complications later in life. When a baby or toddler is given sugary drinks in a bottle for a prolonged time, the sugars will induce bacterial activities, creating acidity that starts the corrosion of the delicate teeth. Baby Bottle Tooth decay can be prevented using the following tips: Frequently brushing the teeth Frequent brushing of your baby’s teeth is the first step to reducing the condition. Here, you should use a soft, wet toothbrush; alternatively, you can use a wet washcloth to clean the gums and teeth. It is recommended by dentists to brush your baby’s teeth every morning, after eating meals and before bedtime. This will reduce or completely eradicate bacterial activity in the mouth, preventing tooth decay. Wiping the gums after feeding When your baby’s teeth are too small to brush, or have yet to appear, use a clean and wet cloth for wiping his gums after bottle-feeding. This will remove the harmful bacteria, and prevent the sugars from being trapped between the infant’s gums and lips. You may think of it as unnecessary because there are no teeth, but wiping off the gums is crucial, as it will reduce the occurrence of tooth decay. Using a cup rather than a baby bottle Train your infant to use a cup, as it does not allow the accumulation of sugary liquids around the teeth like a bottle will. Otherwise, minimizing the amounts of sugary liquids can reduce chances of tooth decay. Seek the services of a pediatric dentist According to research, the child should visit a dentist upon the first teething, for a complete dental checkup. This will allow the dentist to check for initial signs of tooth decay or any other dental conditions. The doctor will give you sound advice on how to maintain comprehensive dental health for your baby as he grows and develops. Preferably, you should schedule dental visits every six months. Dr. Peter Hazim can professionally evaluate your child’s teeth, and suggest proper treatment. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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