Bottle Tooth Decay can happen if babies drink milk, formula, or juice out of bottles over long periods of time.
To avoid it:
• Take the bottle away after your baby is done drinking.
• Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle.
• Wipe gums with a washcloth after feeding. This will help get rid of the sticky coating called plaque that can cause tooth decay.
• Brush teeth twice a day with water and a soft-bristle toothbrush.
• Schedule first dental appointment before first birthday.
• Begin flossing as soon as teeth touch.
• Let your child know that it’s normal for baby teeth to fall out. That’s how “grown-up” teeth come in.
• Until children are able to practice proper oral health habits alone, parents should help their child brush and floss twice a day.
• Always pay special attention to the back teeth, which may have more plaque.
• Encourage children who play sports to wear a mouthguard to protect their smile.
Parents can make the most of their teen’s interest in how they look by reminding them that a healthy smile and fresh breath will help them look and feel their best.
Here are some tips
• Encourage teens who wear braces to brush and floss thoroughly.
• How teeth look when braces come off depends on how they’re treated while the braces are on.
• Suggest that teens carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in their purse or gym
bag for use during the day. Quick tips for better oral health for kids
• Start practicing good oral care even before the first tooth comes in. From healthy gums come healthy teeth.
• Parents should schedule their child’s first dental appointment before the first birthday and every 6 months starting at age 3.
• It is important that children brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and begin flossing as soon as two teeth touch.
• Children should limit sugary and sticky foods and drinks to protect against tooth decay.