Caring for Your Baby’s Teeth

Tooth decay is the most frequent childhood disease, but it’s also very preventable. The most common cause of tooth decay in young children is frequent, prolonged exposure of the teeth to sugary drinks. Here are some tips to avoid tooth decay:

  • Put only, formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling bottles with liquids such as sweetened water, fruit juice or soft drinks.
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle.
  • Use clean pacifiers
  • Do not share saliva with the baby by using the same spoon or licking a pacifier to clean it. Tooth decay can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being passed from others to the baby.
  • Keep your baby’s gums and teeth clean.