Did you know that a baby bottle can be harmful to your child’s teeth? Beyond the shifting movement of teeth that may be caused, falling asleep with the bottle in their mouths can lead to what is commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay can happen for a variety of reasons, but it is preventable. Here are some tips to help combat any damage to your infant’s teeth and gums:
- Be careful what you put into drinking bottles for babies. Focus on using only formula, milk, or breast milk in the bottles. Do not use liquids such as sugar water, juice, soft drinks, or energy drinks.
- Do not dip the child’s pacifier in sweet substances such as honey or sugar.
- If the baby has any teeth that have broken through the gumline, use toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Slowly brush their teeth with a child-sized toothbrush and an amount of toothpaste roughly the size of a grain of rice.
- Avoid contaminating anything the baby uses for his/her mouth. Do not share food utensils or pacifiers.
- Do not leave a bottle in the baby’s mouth during nap time.
Baby bottle tooth decay is preventable if you take the necessary steps to protect your little ones. If you have not made time for your dentist at Price Pediatric Dentistry, and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Trace M. Lund, please contact us today. We can be reached at 435.637.9590 in Price, Utah. We look forward to helping your child maintain good oral health.