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Did you know your baby’s smile is vulnerable to tooth decay? Well, it’s true, even though they may have only one or two teeth. Unfortunately, many babies suffer from this dental issue, which is known as baby bottle tooth decay. However, your child doesn’t have to suffer from this problem. If you do all you can to take care of their smile, they’ll remain on track toward the best and healthiest smile possible.

To help you take care of your child’s smile, Dr. Corey Johnson and our dental team have some tips and information for you.

Clean and strengthen the chompers

Before their teeth even grow into place, wipe your child’s gums with a wet cloth after they eat. Once your child’s first tooth erupts, brush it twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and water. When they turn 2 years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. When two teeth grow in next to each other, begin flossing between those teeth at least once a day. All in all, make sure your child receives enough fluoride so their teeth can remain healthy and strong. For fluoride tips, feel free to talk to your dentist.

Take advantage of dental treatments

It’s recommended to bring your child into Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. to visit Dr. Corey Johnson around their first birthday or six months after their first tooth grows into the smile. These appointments are beneficial for both you and your child. This is a great opportunity to ask questions as well as help your child feel comfortable in the dental chair.

Avoid sugar

As you may already know, sugar is the cause of many cavities. So it’s important to keep sugar away from your child as much as possible. You can do so by refraining from filling your child’s bottle with juice or another sugary drink and by refraining from sending your child to bed with a beverage that is high in sugar. Lastly, don’t cover your child’s pacifier with sugar or honey before giving it to them.

If you use these tips and do all you can to prevent baby bottle tooth decay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, there is a good chance your child will grow into the strong and healthy smile they deserve. For more information and details about how to keep your child’s teeth and gums in tip-top shape, please call Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. at 970-945-9119. We are happy to give you more information and details!