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How can you prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

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A few simple steps can help stave off baby bottle tooth decay. Here's how:

  • Wipe the baby's gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth after each feeding.
  • Begin brushing your child's teeth, without toothpaste, when his or her first tooth comes in. If you choose to use toothpaste, use a fluoride-free one.
  • Clean and massage gums in areas without teeth.
  • Floss once all the baby teeth have come in.
  • Make sure your child is getting enough fluoride, which helps lessen cavities.
  • Schedule regular dental visits by your child's first birthday.

From: What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Dental Association: "Fact Sheet-Children's Dental Disease." 

American Dental Association: "Early Childhood Tooth Decay." 

Academy of General Dentistry: "What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Dental Association: "Fact Sheet-Children's Dental Disease." 

American Dental Association: "Early Childhood Tooth Decay." 

Academy of General Dentistry: "What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

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