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Sugary drinks in your child’s bottle can lead to tooth decay. Never leave a bottle with your baby when putting him down for the night or for a nap. Sugary drinks can pool in a baby’s mouth for a long period of time, and increase the chances of tooth decay. Substitute water for fruit juice or other drinks containing sugar. Bacteria in the mouth uses the carbohydrates and sugars in milk, and formula to make acids that erode the protective enamel covering of teeth.

Steps to take in making baby’s mouth healthy include:

-Starting a daily oral routine with your baby to get him used to brushing. Before your baby’s teeth come in, wipe his gums with gauze or a clean cloth after feeding him. When your child’s teeth come in, use a small toothbrush and a small dab of toothpaste.

-Never leave a bottle with your baby when you put him down to sleep.

-As soon as possible, wean your baby from the bottle and get him used to drinking from a regular cup.

-Apart from water, drinks that are in a bottle or sippy cup should be finished in under an hour.

-Take your child to the dentist within 6 months of his first tooth erupting and before his first birthday. You should also take your child to the dentist for regular check-ups.

If your baby is showing signs of tooth decay, call our dentist Dr. Abbas Nejad immediately. You can contact Armitage Dental in Phoenix, Arizona at 623-872-8686 to make an appointment.