Tooth Decay and Baby Bottles

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When you kiss your baby goodnight and lay them down in the crib, do you let them to have their bottle? If so, you may be risking baby bottle tooth decay. You might want better to take the away the bottle and pop in a pacifier instead.

Bacteria constantly forms inside everyone’s mouth. Formula and milk contain sugar and carbohydrates that will interact with that bacteria that will promote tooth decay. Fruit juice contains acid.

Here are some tips to help you keep your baby’s mouth healthy:

– You can start preserving your baby’s oral health as soon as they are born. After your feed them, wipe their gums down with a clean piece of gauze or cloth. When their teeth do erupt, you should gently brush them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste.

-When you put your baby down for a nap or at night, give them a pacifier or put water in their bottle.

-As soon as possible, wean your child off of the bottle and and get them using a regular cup.

-Unless it is water, a drink in a bottle or sippy cup should be finished within an hour. The longer that sugary or acidic drinks are in your child’s mouth, the greater the chances they will develop tooth decay.

-Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be within six months of their first tooth and before their first birthday.

If your baby already shows signs of tooth decay, call our dentists, Dr. Yakov Royzman & Karina Zaygermakher right away. Please if you would like to make an appointment at Professional Dental & Implant Center in New York, New York, please call (212) 579-0552 today.