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					                       Preventing baby bottle tooth decay




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                            Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure
How can I help my baby      of a child's teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk,
sleep without a bottle?     formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks.

                            The sugars in these liquids pool           How can I prevent baby bottle
Follow a soothing           around the infant's teeth and gums,        tooth decay?
bedtime routine:            feeding the bacteria that cause
                                                                       Never allow children to fall asleep
                            plaque. Every time a child consumes
                                                                       with a bottle containing milk,
• Sing or play quiet        a sugary liquid, acid attacks the teeth
                                                                       formula, juice or other sweetened
  music.                    and gums. After numerous attacks,
                                                                       liquids. You should make it a practice
                            tooth decay can begin.
• Read a story to your                                                 to hold your baby while feeding
  baby.                     The condition also is associated           instead of putting your baby to bed
                            with breast-fed infants who have           with a bottle.
• Give your baby a          prolonged feeding habits or with
  blanket or teddy bear.                                               In addition, you can clean and
                            children whose pacifiers are
                                                                       massage your baby's gums to help
• Put your baby to bed      frequently dipped in honey, sugar
                                                                       establish healthy teeth and to aid in
  awake. This gives your    or syrup. The sweet fluids left in
                                                                       teething. Wrap a moistened gauze
  baby a chance to settle   the mouth increases the chances of
                                                                       square or washcloth around the
  down on his or her own.   cavities while the infant is sleeping.
                                                                       finger and gently massage the gums
                            Why should I be worried about              and gingival tissues. This should be
• Rock your baby.
                            baby bottle tooth decay?                   done once a day.
• Pat your baby on
                            Severely decayed teeth may need            Plaque removal activities should
  the back.
                            to be extracted. If teeth are infected     begin upon eruption of the first baby
Crying for several nights   or lost too early due to baby bottle       tooth. When brushing a child's teeth,
is normal.                  tooth decay, your child may develop        use a soft toothbrush and a pea-
                            poor eating habits, speech problems,       sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
                            crooked teeth, and damaged adult           Parents should first bring their child
                            teeth. Healthy baby teeth will usually     to the dentist when the child is
                            result in healthy permanent teeth.         between six and 12 months old.


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                                    Will changes in my child's diet help          water or give the child a clean
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                                    prevent baby bottle tooth decay?              pacifier recommended by a
                                                                                  dentist. The only safe liquid to put
Why do 54 million enrollees trust   Preventing baby bottle tooth decay
                                                                                  in a bottle to prevent baby bottle
their smiles to Delta Dental?       involves changes in a child's diet. A
                                                                                  tooth decay is water.
      • More dentists               series of small changes over a period
      • Simpler process             of time is usually easier, and eventually   • Decrease consumption of sugar,
      • Less out-of-pocket          leads to better oral health.                  especially between meals.
                                    To incorporate these changes:               • Children should be weaned from
Free Newsletter                     • Gradually dilute the bottle contents        the bottle as soon as they can drink
                                      with water over a period of two to          from a cup, but the bottle should
                                      three weeks.                                not be taken away too soon, since
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