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To help your child prevent dental issues, like baby bottle tooth decay and early childhood caries, we recommend doing the following things:

Begin an oral hygiene routine early
Before your child’s teeth grow into place, clean their mouth regularly. You can do so by wiping the gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth to remove the plaque that can harm your child’s erupting teeth.

Care for the teeth
When your child’s teeth grow in, clean them with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush the teeth gently and be careful around the gums. As you brush, only use a small amount of toothpaste—about the size of a pea.

Be careful with bottle feedings
Do your best to only put formula, milk, or breast milk inside your baby’s bottle. Avoid giving your child sugary drinks or soda. Also, make sure your child finishes their bottle before they take their nap or go to bed.

For more information on how to prevent dental issues in your child’s smile, call Center For Dental Rehabilitation today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Maureen Toal. Our caring dental team will be thrilled to help your child grow into a strong, healthy smile if you just call 602.485.0505 now!