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As soon as your child’s first tooth breaks the gum line, it is visible to the dangers of the world, including dangerous bacteria and harmful acids. As soon as that first erupts, you should begin practicing effective oral hygiene habits including brushing your child’s tooth and keeping potentially harmful substances at bay. Furthermore, don’t risk your child’s teeth by subjecting them to baby bottle tooth decay.

For a better understanding the risks of baby bottle tooth decay, consider the following:

– To help prevent baby bottle tooth decay, keep bottles away from your child as they slumber.
– Children begin to have their first teeth erupt above the gum line when they are around 6 months old. When the teeth are visible, clean and care for them daily to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
– Never share products from your mouth with your child that have not been sanitized. This includes pacifiers, bottles, and brushes, as they can all introduce harmful bacteria from your mouth to your child’s.
– The ideal amount of toothpaste to be used for children under three should be approximately the size of a rice grain, and should never contain fluoride.
– If you are giving your child sugary drinks, such as soda, sports drinks, sugar water, and juice, it will greatly increase the chances for baby bottle tooth decay to occur.
– Honey or other sweet substances should not be given to encourage your child to drink from their bottle.

Don’t wait until it’s too late for baby bottle tooth decay prevention. If you would like to know if your child needs treatments, please book an oral exam with Dr. Michael Lemme and our team at Michael Lemme DDS at our dentist office in Oak Harbor, Washington, by calling us at 360-675-3334. We are here to help you get the perfect smile of your dreams!