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Even though your child’s smile may seem perfect, it’s still vulnerable to the ravages of tooth decay. In fact, tooth decay attacks many children’s smiles to the point that we’ve created a unique name for the issue. The name is baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when your child’s teeth are frequently exposed to sugar and when their smile isn’t properly taken care of.

So, to help you keep your child’s smile in tip-top shape, Dr. Rebecca Barfield and our dental team have some helpful tips for you.

Take advantage of dental treatments

Make sure you bring your child into our office to see Dr. Rebecca Barfield 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.

Clean and strengthen the chompers

Before their teeth even grow into place, wipe your child’s gums with a wet cloth after they eat. Once your child’s first tooth erupts, brush it twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and water. When they turn 2 years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. When two teeth grow in next to each other, begin flossing between those teeth at least once a day.  All in all, make sure your child receives enough fluoride so their teeth can remain healthy and strong. For fluoride tips, feel free to talk to your dentist.

Avoid sugar

As you may already know, sugar is the cause of many cavities. So, it’s important to keep sugar away from your child as much as possible. You can do so by refraining from filling your child’s bottle with juice or another sugary drink and by refraining from sending your child to bed with a beverage that is high in sugar. Lastly, don’t cover your child’s pacifier with sugar or honey before giving it to them.

If you have any questions about how to prevent baby bottle tooth decay in Little Rock, Arkansas, or if you would like to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with our friendly dentist, please call Jolly Family Dentistry at 501.228.6360. When you call our office, our dental team will be thrilled to give you the answers and information you need!