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If you wish to strengthen your child’s smile, focus on the care you give to their early teeth and their relationship to their baby bottle. Oftentimes, oral contamination or dental erosion can occur due to their baby bottle and more specifically the products you put in it. If left unattended, your child can fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth, allowing the liquid to pool around their teeth and increase their risk for tooth decay, thus why it is called baby bottle tooth decay.

To prevent contamination with your child, never share any oral health care tools or cleaning products with them. In addition, make sure to brush their teeth twice daily, even if a single tooth has thus far erupted above the gum line. When using toothpaste on a child’s teeth, focus on a single dab to last for the entire session.

To avoid the dangers of baby bottle tooth decay, do not give your child drinks that are sugary, which includes soda, sports drinks, tea, coffee, energy drinks, or any other drink that could adversely affect the health of a child. Even juice can be hazardous to their health if it is high in sugar.

If you would like to schedule your child’s first cleaning at Kids First Pediatric Dentistry or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Austin Bowden and our team at our pediatric office in Timonium, Maryland, please give us a call at 410-828-5699. Come in and let your child become a success story with a whiter, brighter smile today.