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Are you taking great care of your child’s teeth and gums? Because your child will not be able to brush their own teeth until they are around six years of age, it must be up to the caretaker to perform this important task until they come of age. With children under three, use a dab of toothpaste about the size of a rice grain. With young children under six, use a dab of toothpaste about the size of a pea.

If their teeth fall into disrepair, tooth decay can occur. However, one of the most common forms of tooth decay in young children is called baby bottle tooth decay. Oftentimes, sugary products in baby bottles pool in a child’s mouth for many hours at a time, often while they sleep. This greatly increases their risk for tooth failure to occur.

Even coating a baby bottle in a sweet substance such as honey can put them at an elevated risk. Avoid putting juices, sugar water, sports drinks, energy drinks, or soft drinks in your child’s baby bottle, as it can seriously damage their teeth. Also avoid letting bottles sit in a child’s mouth as they sleep, as this can increase the time that the harmful substances with be able to attack their pearly whites.

If your child is showing signs of baby bottle tooth decay, come visit West Valley Pediatric Dentistry for treatment today. With the helpful support of Dr. Samuel Bailey and our wonderful team at our pediatric office in Taylorsville, Utah, we can transform your child’s smile into its future glory. To schedule an appointment, call us at 801-417-8080. Visit us today, and your smile with thank you!