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If you put your baby to bed with a bottle, your child could be at risk for baby bottle tooth decay.

Everyone’s mouth, including your baby’s contains bacteria. The sugars and carbohydrates found in milk, formula and fruit juice are used by that bacteria to create acids which will erode your child’s tooth enamel and promote cavities.

Below are some things you can do to keep your baby’s mouth healthy:

-Start promoting good oral hygiene early, even before your baby’s teeth come in. After you feed your child, wipe his or her gums with a clean cloth or piece of gauze. Then, when the teeth start to erupt, you should gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny dab of toothpaste.

– When you put your child down for the night or for a nap, take the bottle away or fill it with water.

-As soon as you can, move your child away from bottles and sippy cups to regular cups.

– Drinks in bottles or sippy cups should be finished in an hour or less.

-Take your child for his first dental appointment within 6 months of their first tooth and before their first birthday. You should also talk with your dentist about regular check-ups for your baby.

If your child is showing signs of tooth decay, you should contact our dentist, Dr. Lucas Rudelich right away. If you would like to make an appointment at Southwest Dental LLC in Taylorsville, Utah, call 801-685-3429 today.