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Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Primary teeth are important to your child’s health and self-esteem, and they also hold space for adult teeth to emerge. If baby teeth are lost too early, it can create problems in the future. Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Hines Little Smiles is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.

Important tips for avoiding baby bottle tooth decay:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to liquids containing sugar (juice, sweetened water, breast milk, formula)
  • Avoid dipping a pacifier in honey or sugar, as this can also promote tooth decay
  • Give your infant fluoridated tap water to help strengthen tooth enamel
  • After each feeding, wipe the infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth
  • When the child’s teeth begin to erupt, brush them gently after each feeding
  • Teach your child proper brushing and flossing techniques by age six
  • Visit a pediatric dentist like Dr. Hines or Dr. Anderson regularly beginning at age one