Awareness of the problem is an important first step, followed by these preventive measures:

  1. After each feeding, wipe your child’s teeth and gums with a damp dishcloth or a clean gauze pad.
  2. Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or any sweetened liquids. If your child refuses to fall asleep without a bottle, fill it with water and then remove it from his or her mouth when he or she falls asleep.
  3. Plan on scheduling your child’s first dental appointment around his or her first birthday or earlier if you think your child may have dental problems.

Baby bottle tooth decay may go unnoticed. If it seems your child’s teeth are chipping easily or the teeth seem to be wearing down fast, he or she may be a victim of baby bottle syndrome. Please don’t hesitate to bring your child into your dental office for an immediate evaluation. Additional information can be found on the post More Baby Bottle Blues. Leave your comments or questions. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Baby Bottle Blues

Baby Bottle Syndrome

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