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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Prevention

Nursing bottle mouth or baby bottle tooth decay occur when your child’s teeth are frequently exposed to sweet liquids for longer periods of time, typically breast milk, juice or formula at naptime or bedtime. But with proper oral hygiene, you can prevent your kid from developing baby bottle tooth decay.

Here are some things you should be doing for your child’s teeth

  • Don’t make use of a nursing bottle as a pacifier.
  • Never give your child a pacifier which has been dipped in sugar or honey.
  • Don’t make your baby sleep with a bottle. However, if you do, it is important to ensure that it contains water rather than milk, formula or juice.

After feeding your baby, try to brush your child’s gums gently by using water or a gum and tooth cleanser for babies. Make sure to use a soft-bristled baby toothbrush. You can also wipe your the gums of your baby with a gauze pad or damp, soft washcloth. It is an unknown fact that you have to start working towards preventing baby bottle tooth decay even before your baby’s first tooth appears. Start providing proper dental hygiene to your baby right from birth.