How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Your Baby’s Smile

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Did you know that babies can suffer from tooth decay just as much as anyone else? Well, it’s true. The dental problem is called baby bottle tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay in Orem, Utah, is a common dental issue found among children and it tends to warp, deteriorate, and destroy the primary teeth. Generally, it is caused from prolonged exposure to sugary drinks and foods. To help you prevent this dental problem and keep your child’s smile in tip-top shape, our Orem Pediatric Dentistry team has some tips for you! All you need to do are the following things:

-Wipe your child’s gums with a washcloth after each feeding.
-When your child’s first tooth grows into place, brush it twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
-When your child has two teeth grown in next to each other, begin flossing at least once a day.
-Don’t send your child to bed with a bottle full of a sugary liquid.
-Make sure your child receives enough fluoride.
-Don’t dip your child’s pacifier in sugar or honey before giving it to them.
-Take your child into the dentist for their first checkup by the time they are 1 year old.

To learn more about baby bottle tooth decay, or to talk to your dentist, Dr. R. Bruce Howell, about treatments for the problem, please call 801-802-7200 today and schedule an appointment. The sooner you contact our dental team, the sooner you’ll have the help and information you need. We look forward to helping you!