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Health Tip: Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Start now to protect baby's teeth

(HealthDay News) -- Your baby's teeth can decay from going to bed with a baby bottle or poor oral hygiene.

The American Dental Association lists these suggestions to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

  • Moms, practice good oral hygiene and don't share utensils or put your baby's pacifier in your mouth.
  • Wipe baby's gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
  • Brush teeth with water and a child's toothbrush as soon as teeth break through the skin.
  • Begin using fluoride toothpaste at about age 2, or when baby can spit. You will need to brush your child's teeth until at least age 6.
  • Only formula, milk or breast milk go in baby bottles -- never juice or other sugary drinks.
  • Don't put your child to bed with a bottle.
  • Make sure pacifiers are clean (with soap and water) and never dip them in honey or other sweeteners.
  • Limit sweet treats, provide exposure to fluoride and introduce baby to a sippy cup by the first birthday.
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