Congratulations on the birth of your child. Is it a girl or a boy? You can let us know by visiting our children’s pediatrics in Cypress. You will need to pay us a visit, especially when your child’s baby teeth begin to form and the little one likes to drink milk from the bottle. Once they are on the bottle, their tooth will be at risk. As professional pediatricians at children’s pediatrics in Cypress, we would like you to know better infant care for your wee one.
Why Caring for Your Baby’s Teeth is Vital?

When your child’s first teeth begin to show, you whip out your camera to take a picture. In all of your excitement, you might forget about proper dental care for your infant. Your forgetfulness will lead your child’s tooth to decay and prevent their adult teeth from taking their proper position, coming out incorrectly. Therefore, you need to practice good infant care at an early age, as practicing now will help them learn to care for their teeth in the future. Oh, and you will not have to worry about tooth decay resulting from the bottle.

The Causes of Tooth Decay from Bottle

If your child is on the bottle, tooth decay will occur in teeth in the front, and gradually, make its way to the surrounding teeth. How does drinking milk or other fluids from bottle cause tooth decay? Read the following causes to find out:

  • Your child mostly drinks sugary fluids such as juice from a bottle.
  • Your child sleeps with a bottle in his/her mouth.
  • Your child cries and to stop him/her from creating fuzz, you stick a bottle in their mouth to quiet them.
  • Your child caught the bacteria from you when you put the bottle in your mouth to see if it is not too hot to give to them.
  • Your child does not receive the proper amounts of fluoride, leading to tooth decay.
  • Do not worry mothers, fathers, or caregivers because when there is a problem, there is always a solution.

The Solutions to Prevent Your Infant’s Teeth from Decaying

Children’s pediatrics in Cypress wants you to apply the following solutions:

  • Instead of checking the temperature of the milk by putting the bottle in your mouth, check it by   putting the liquid on your hand.
  • After you feed your child, use a clean and damp washcloth to clean their gums.
  • Use toothbrush for infants to clean their teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • If your child has reached the age where he/she can brush his/her teeth themselves, you need to supervise them to prevent them from accidently swallowing the toothpaste.
  • Do put sugary drinks in your child’s bottle such as juice and soft drinks.
  • Believe it or not, but some parents actually dip their child’s pacifier in honey or some other sweetener and give it to them to suck. Do not do that if your child has just gotten their first tooth.

The best thing you could do to prevent tooth decay is to schedule an appointment with PediatricHealthcare of Northwest Houston and let us care for your infant with you.