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Do not feed your child products that can harm their teeth. Sugars and food particles are capable of damaging young children’s teeth and cause baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay is a disorder in young children caused by dental erosion attributed to sugars and other harmful products that eat away at their precious teeth.

Listed below are a few reminders regarding baby bottle tooth decay:

– By the time your child is roughly 6 months old, their first teeth will begin to appear above the gumline and appear in their mouth for the first time, at which time they must be cleaned and cared for daily to ensure decay does not occur.

– Baby bottle tooth decay is most normally caused by flavored water, which is given to children in their baby bottles, as it can erode their tooth enamel and can pool in their mouths while they sleep.

– If you share any utensils, cleaning products, bottles, or other objects from your mouth to your infant’s, contamination will occur, which will introduce new bacteria and oral health care threats to their mouth.

– Baby bottle tooth decay can be caused by flavoring or coating the lid to a bottle or a pacifier with a sugary ingredient intended to get the child to use the product, such as honey.

– When using toothpaste for your young child’s teeth, use a drop about the size of a rice grain, and make sure it is fluoride free and approved by your dentist or features the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

To schedule an oral exam for your child at North Forest Family Dental Care, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in The Woodlands, Texas, with Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 936-271-3338. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!