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If your child is suffering from dental damage, it is usually in the form of baby bottle tooth decay. It is often called this because sugary drinks are often the most common cause of dental erosion in children. Avoid baby bottle tooth decay risks with these helpful tips:

– Honey or other sweet substances should not be used to coat baby bottle suckers to encourage your child to drink from their bottle.

– The ideal amount of toothpaste to be used for children under three should be approximately the size of a rice grain, and should never contain fluoride.

– If you are giving your child sugary drinks, such as soda, sports drinks, sugar water, and juice, you greatly increase their risk for baby bottle tooth decay.

– Keep bottles away from your child as they doze off so that liquid does not pool in their mouth.

– Children begin to have their first teeth break above the surface of the gums around 6 months old. When the teeth begin to appear, clean and care for them every day to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.

– Never transfer any products from your mouth to your child’s mouth that have not been cleaned. This includes bottles, pacifiers, and brushes, as they can all present new bacteria from your mouth to your child’s.

For additional help with baby bottle tooth decay, Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team at Barry LeJeune, DDS are here to give your child the smile you desire. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dental office in Hampton, Virginia, please contact us at (757) 827-9114 to speak with a member of our team. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of a great smile!