One of the biggest threats to your child’s smile is baby bottle tooth decay, unfortunately. This is a common dental issue among many infants and toddlers. However, your child doesn’t have to be one of those kids. In fact, there are things you can do on a regular basis that can keep your child’s smile in tip-top shape. Dr. James Johnson and our dental team are happy to tell you all about those things.
Clean and strengthen the chompers
At the beginning of your child’s life when they don’t have any teeth, it’s best to wipe their gums with a clean, wet washcloth after each meal. When their first tooth erupts from the gums, brush it once a day. As you brush, use a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when they turn 2 years old. Once two teeth grow in next to each other, floss between those two teeth daily. To make sure your child’s teeth are strong, expose them to fluoride each day.
Take advantage of dental treatments
Make sure you bring your child into our office to see Dr. James Johnson once they turn 1 year old or six months after their first tooth grows into place. These appointments will be beneficial because your dentist can correct any dental issues and they can give you the information you need and the answers to any questions you might have.
As you may already know, sugar is the culprit of cavities. So, avoid putting sugary drinks in your child’s bottle, and refrain from dipping their binky in honey or sugar. Also, do not send your child to bed with a drink that is high in sugar.
Call James A. Johnson, DDS today at 713.988.0536 if you have any questions about baby bottle tooth decay in Houston, Texas, or if you need to schedule an appointment for your child. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you, and we look forward to working with you!