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As your child grows, there are more things you need to consider other than regular doctor checkups, picking the right baby food, and having the best toys. Another thing you need to think about is your baby’s oral health, even if they don’t have any teeth.

Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious dental problem that takes over many children’s smiles, and it’s best to help your child avoid this issue at all costs. If you don’t, the decay can cause major smile issues, affect your child’s speech, move your child’s teeth out of position, affect the permanent teeth in the future, and more. To help you avoid this issue, we recommend doing the following things:

– Wipe your child’s gums with a washcloth after each meal.
– When your child’s first tooth grows in, brush the tooth with a child-sized toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
– Floss your child’s teeth once they have two teeth grow in next to each other.
– Make sure your child receives enough fluoride.
– Avoid putting sugary drinks in your child’s baby bottle.
– Do not dip your child’s binky in honey or sugar.
– Do not send your child to bed with a bottle full of sugary liquid.
– Schedule regular dental visits for your child by the time they are 1 year old or six months after their first tooth has grown in.

If your child does happen to fall victim to baby bottle tooth decay in Dayton, Ohio, please call (937) 435-0324 today and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Richard C. Quinttus, as soon as possible. We are here to help you in any way we can!