What You Should Know About Your Child’s Oral Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children start seeing a dentist by their first birthday.

Children are highly susceptible to dental cavities and tooth decay, especially those who bottle feed. Cavities may be caused by too much sugar left on the teeth after bottle feeding.

To avoid baby bottle tooth decay, you should do the following:

  • Only bottle feed during meal times
  • Wean your child off of a bottle by the time they’re one year old
  • Fill the bottle with water if you must give them a bottle at bedtime
  • Begin brushing with a soft baby toothbrush once their baby teeth start to come in; you should use only water until your child learns not to swallow the toothpaste
  • Start seeing a pediatric dentist regularly for your child
  • Ask your child’s dentist about dental sealants

Baby bottle tooth decay is also known as early childhood caries (ECC). Go here to find out more ways you can prevent ECC

*This is an abridged version of an article from HealthLine.

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