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Don’t delay on stopping baby bottle tooth decay. Although it is important to ensure a child is always fed, exercise caution when using various sugary drinks for young children and infants, as they can easily lead to tooth decay and cavities. The reason is often because of the time the substances are exposed to a youngster’s teeth. Here are some helpful tips to combat the effects of baby bottle tooth decay:

– Keep any baby bottles clean and free of contamination, and never share any eating tools with your infant until they have also been cleaned.

– When scrubbing a young child’s teeth, use a toothpaste dab roughly the size of a rice grain.

– Never encase the top of a baby bottle in honey or other sugary substances.

– Teeth begin to break through the gum line in an infant’s mouth around 5-7 months of age, at which time they need to be cared for and cleaned daily.

– Never put sugary drinks in baby bottles, such as sugar water, honey water, soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and juice, as these can all contribute to baby bottle tooth decay.

If you are interested in a professional cleaning for your child from Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at our pediatric office in Lehi, Utah, please call us as 801-331-8449. Dr. Troy Hardy and our team want to ensure your child’s teeth remain clean for a lifetime to come.