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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
When an infant or toddler has tooth decay, it is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Baby teeth may be temporary, but they are important. Your child needs healthy, strong teeth so they can chew their food and speak properly. Healthy teeth also help your child have a healthy-looking smile. Primary teeth help guide the permanent teeth into their correct positions. Oral care should begin at an early age so that your child can have a healthy smile for years to come.

What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay can occur when liquids that are sweetened or have natural sugars are exposed to the teeth for long periods of time. Bacteria in the mouth uses this sugar to make acids that attack the teeth. The following can cause baby bottle tooth decay:

• Dipping your baby’s pacifier in sugar, syrup, or honey
• Giving your baby a sugary drink at nap time or bedtime
• Putting your infant to bed with a bottle
• Putting your infant’s feeding spoon or pacifier in your mouth
• Not receiving enough fluoride

How Do I Care for My Child’s Smile?
• Place only non-sugary drinks like formula, milk, or breastmilk in your infant’s bottle.
• After feeding your infant, wipe his or her gums with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze pad
• Once your infant’s teeth start coming in, gently brush them using a child-size toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste
• From the ages of three to six, brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
• Supervise your child during teeth brushing until he or she learns not to swallow toothpaste
• Be sure that your child is getting enough fluoride, as this helps prevent cavities. If your water supply does not have fluoride, ask our dentist if your child needs to use a supplement.
• Start taking your child to Renaissance Dental by his or her first birthday.

We invite you to contact us today for more information about thwarting baby bottle tooth decay in Owasso, Oklahoma, and to schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS. We look forward to getting to know you and your family!