Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is Easy

Baby bottle tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems amongst children. The good news is it can be actually prevented! Here at our Massachusetts dental practice, we make it a point to remind parents and guardians to take care of their children’s oral health, particularly tooth decay, via the following measures:

  • Do not ever let your child sleep with a bottle in their mouths. The sugar in the milk can combine with bacteria and acids in the mouth and consequently lead to tooth decay. The fluids will most likely pool around the mouth area, leaving the enamel to slowly erode throughout the child’s sleeping time.

  • Train your child to have sips of water after drinking milk.

  • Use gauze pads to wipe your child’s teeth and mouth after each feeding.

  • By the time your child celebrates his or her  first birthday, consider using “sissy cups” instead.

  • Avoid nursing continuously throughout the night.

  • Avoid sharing saliva by not licking pacifiers or feeding spoons.

Got some questions concerning oral health in children? Let us help you out! If you live around the Springfield or Boston , Massachusetts area, schedule an initial consultation with us! Call us at (413) 241-3264 or fill out this contact form. Dr. David Peck is known for results.

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