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Baby bottle tooth decay can ruin your child’s smile. Although it is important to ensure a child is constantly fed, try to avoid using various sugary drinks for young children and infants, as they can easily lead to tooth decay and cavities. The reason is often due to the time the harmful ingredients are exposed to a youngster’s teeth. Here are some helpful reminders to avoid the effects of baby bottle tooth decay:

– Teeth begin to erupt in an infant’s mouth around 5-7 months of age, at which time they require daily care and cleaning.

– Avoid sugary liquids in baby bottles, such as sugar water, honey water, soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and juice, as these can all contribute to baby bottle tooth decay.

– Never coat the top of a baby bottle in honey or other sugary treats.

– Keep any baby bottles clean and free of debris and contamination, and never share any pacifiers with your infant until they have also been cleaned.

– When brushing a young child’s teeth, use a toothpaste blob roughly the size of a rice grain.

If your child is showing signs of baby bottle tooth decay, come visit Brent J Porter DDS for treatment today. With the helpful support of Dr. Brent Porter and our wonderful team at our pediatric office in Santa Cruz, California, we can restore your smile to its former glory. To schedule an appointment, call us at 831-459-9802. Visit us today, and your smile with thank you!