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If you want your child to have the healthiest smile possible, it’s best to avoid baby bottle tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay is an inconvenient and unhealthy condition that affects children as they drink from bottles. Your children are often susceptible to this condition because of the juice and sugary drinks poured into their bottles. If you are one who thinks primary teeth are unnecessary and unimportant, it’s time to think differently. Your child’s primary teeth are very important and they are vital if you want your child to have a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile in the future. The best way to care for your child’s smile and prevent baby bottle tooth decay is by doing the following things:

• After each feeding and after drinking juice from a bottle, wipe your child’s gums with a damp washcloth.

• As you send your child to bed, do not give them a bottle full of juice. It is best to do so with a bottle of water. That way, your child’s mouth will not be constantly surrounded by sugar.

• Throughout the day, try to give your child milk, formula, and water instead of juice. It’s OK to give your child juice, but it’s better to cut back on the sugary drinks.

• Once your child’s teeth grow in, brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This will help clean and nourish their smile.

• Don’t dip you child’s pacifier in sugar or honey.

• Encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday.

Call our office today if you would like to know more about baby bottle tooth decay and prevention! We care about your child’s smile and we are more than happy to help you fight baby bottle tooth decay.