Even babies can get tooth decay. As early as six months of age, an infant can begin showing the first signs of their teeth above the gumline. If a tooth has broken the gumline it is susceptible to all of the dangers of tooth decay as any adult tooth would be. It is at this time we must begin caring for their emerging teeth. Listed below are a few healthy hygiene habits:
- If the baby has any teeth that have broken through the gumline, use toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Slowly brush their teeth with a child-sized toothbrush and an amount of toothpaste roughly the size of a grain of rice.
- Do not dip the child’s pacifier in sweet substances such as honey or sugar.
- Do not leave a bottle in the baby’s mouth during nap time.
- Avoid contaminating anything the baby uses for his/her mouth. Do not share food utensils or pacifiers.
- Be careful what you put into drinking bottles for babies. Focus on using only formula, milk, or breast milk in the bottles. Do not use liquids such as sugar water, juice, soft drinks, or energy drinks.
Baby bottle tooth decay is preventable if you take the necessary steps to protect your little ones. If you have not made time for your dentist at Orem Pediatric Dentistry, and would like to make an appointment with Dr. R. Bruce Howell, please contact us today. We can be reached at 801-802-7200 in Orem, Utah. Let us help you with all of your baby’s oral health care needs!