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Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:

Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers. After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth.

When your child’s ...teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste until the age of 3.

Brush the teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste from the ages of 3 to 6.

Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit and not swallow toothpaste—usually not before he or she is 6 or 7.

Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.

Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.

If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean—don’t dip it in sugar or honey.

Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his/her first birthday.

Encourage healthy eating habits.

*The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends children see a dentist by age 1.

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