How to avoid baby bottle tooth decay

prevent baby bottle tooth decay

Derry Heights Dental in Milton is committed to helping good dental habits begin early.

The Canadian Dental Association recommends a dental assessment as early as the eruption of the first teeth, so parents can be advised on cleaning methods, any problems can be detected early, and children become comfortable with the dentist.

Of course, milk helps babies grow and thrive, but even milk contains some natural sugars. Babies who fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth are susceptible to tooth decay. It may appear as white spots on the teeth, or the teeth can turn dark.

Every once in a while, lift your baby’s lips to check for any signs of tooth decay. If you notice any signs, take them to the dentist as soon as possible.

Thankfully, cavities from baby bottles are avoidable. Don’t allow your child to walk around during the day or fall asleep with a bottle of juice, as sugars encourage bacteria to grow. You can start teaching your son or daughter how to drink from a cup as early as six months of age.

If your child cannot fall asleep without their bottle, fill it with water or try to soothe them with a stuffed toy or favourite blanket. There may be some tears for a night or two, but your child will eventually accept an altered routine.

The warm and welcoming team at Derry Heights Dental is happy to answer any of your questions about how you can help your child avoid tooth decay and how to best care for their teeth and gums at every stage in their development.

You can start before your baby even has teeth. Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth to remove bacteria. Once the first teeth erupt, brush them with a very soft toddler toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 905-875-4232. Derry Heights Dental is located at 6941 Derry Road, Unit B6, in Milton.

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