Your children’s primary or baby teeth are at risk of decay as soon as they appear. When this happens in toddlers and infants, it is commonly called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It mostly affects the front upper teeth, although other teeth may also be affected. The cause of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is long and frequent exposure to sugary liquids such as juice, soda, or other sweetened drinks, or formula, milk, or breast milk.
You can lower the risk of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay in your child by gently wiping their gums and teeth with a wet, clean washcloth or gauze after you’ve fed them. Milk or formula should only be placed in bottles, and avoid feeding your baby soft drinks, juice, or sugar water.
If your child requires a pacifier, give them one that is clean, and you should never place it in your mouth before giving it to them, or dip it in honey or sugar. Children should be encouraged to drink from a cup before they turn a year old, and discourage prolonged or frequent use of a sippy cup.
When your child’s teeth have started to grow, gently brush them with water and a child’s size toothbrush. This action will help remove bits of food that can damage erupting teeth, as well as remove plaque.
You should be vigilant of your child’s oral health techniques and be with them while they brush their teeth until they’re around six years old. You should also endorse your child to eat healthily, and foster a good relationship with nutritious food, giving them plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.