Watching Out for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Just welcomed a new member to your family? If so, congrats! There are a few things you should learn about if you want to keep your newborn’s teeth developing properly. In this blog, we summarize a few of the things you can do to shield your child’s oral health with some small steps. If you have any cause for concern regarding your baby’s teeth, feel free to give us a call to schedule a checkup at 830-500-2100.

Children cry: them’s the breaks. However, if you tend to comfort your baby with a pacifier, don’t put it in your mouth before giving it to them. Furthermore, don’t share a spoon with your child. The bacterial acids that can be shared via saliva may be too strong for your baby’s teeth to fight off, and any transfer of spit may cause tooth erosion for your child.

When your baby is done feeding, make sure you wipe down their gums with a washcloth, wet medical pad or a dental wipe for infants. Just like your teeth, your child’s baby teeth will be at risk from food particles and the bacteria associated with them.

Finally, remember to gently brush your child’s teeth with a child’s toothbrush. If you would like to use fluoridated toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush before their second birthday, please talk with us about it to see if this would be appropriate.

Please dial 830-500-2100 to get ahold of the Hill Country Dental practice in New Braunfels, Texas, and pencil in a checkup with Dr. Lara Perry.