Tooth decay can develop when the child’s teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for long periods or frequently throughout the day. Natural or added sugars in the liquid or food are changed to acid by bacteria in the mouth. This acid then dissolves the outer part of the teeth, causing them to decay.
To prevent tooth decay, never put your child to bed with a bottle.
Keep your baby’s mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean baby washcloth.
Once you see the first teeth, gently brush using a soft baby toothbrush and a smear (grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste.
Read More: HealthyChildren.org
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