Have you ever heard of baby bottle tooth decay? If not, you have now. This dental issue is very common among babies, and it is very dangerous and harmful. If you want your child to have the best oral health and smile possible, our Bullard Family Dentistry team recommends that you do the following things on a regular basis:
· Wipe your child’s gums with a wet and clean washcloth or gauze pad after each feeding. This will help wash away the harmful particles that destroy the smile.
· After your child’s teeth grow into the mouth, clean them twice a day with a child-sized soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Until your child is 3 years old, we recommend only using a small amount of toothpaste as you brush—about the size of a small grain of rice. You can increase the amount of paste used between the ages of 3 and 6 years old to a pea-sized amount.
· Stay with your child as they brush their teeth each day. Make sure they perform a thorough cleaning job and they do not swallow the toothpaste.
· Avoid filling your child’s bottle with soda and sugary drinks. The best drinks to put into the bottle include milk, breast milk, and formula.
· Make sure your child finishes their bottle before they go to bed, even if it’s just for a nap.
· Do not dip your child’s pacifier in sugar or honey.
Another great way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is by bringing your child into our office for a dental checkup once their first tooth grows into the mouth. So, if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Brandon Allen, please call Bullard Family Dentistry now by dialing 903-710-2309!