3 Ways to Protect Your Baby from Bottle-Related Cavities
The way you use a baby’s bottle may have a huge impact on the risk of your child experiencing a cavity. How can you avoid practices that may lead your infant down the path to tooth decay? We are going to look at three ways a parent can protect an infant from cavities that are related to baby bottle use.
#1 Watch What Goes into the Bottle
Sugary beverages are sure to cause harm to teeth. That means taking care to avoid sugary drinks (or even those with artificial sweeteners which are also bad for teeth). It is highly recommended that you avoid putting carbonated sodas, sports drinks, or any similar beverages in your baby’s bottle. Most parents realize that. However, you may not have thought of the fact that fruit juice often has just as much sugar as these other beverages. If your child is already used to drinking juice, start mixing the juice with water until your child is happy to drink mostly water with just a touch of juice.
#2 Clean Your Infants Teeth and Gums After Meals
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean your baby’s teeth after each bottle. You can also use a clean, damp cloth to wipe off your baby’s gums. This will help to clear away bacteria from the teeth and gums that could lead to tooth decay or even gum disease.
#3 No Bottles in Bed
The biggest mistake parents make is putting their child to bed with a bottle. It may keep your infant quiet until he or she falls asleep, but it also leaves milk or formula on the baby’s teeth all night. It’s best to feed your baby a little before bedtime and lay him or her down without the bottle.
Don’t Forget Your Baby’s First Dental Visit!
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we’re all about prevention. That starts at home, but it also means scheduling two professional cleanings per year. Additionally, it means finding a dental home for your baby right from when the first tiny tooth erupts. To schedule your baby’s first dental appointment with one of our highly-trained, board-certified pediatric dentists, call 619-741-1500 today!