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If you don’t take care of your child’s teeth while they still have them, you will probably end up spending a lot more time in our office when your child becomes a teenager. Baby teeth, while temporary, are vital to the overall dental hygiene of a child, and they set the foundation for health in adulthood. Here are some bits of data you should know about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, the chief cause of oral decay in children under the age of 6.

The teeth most often affected by Baby Bottle Tooth Decay are the upper incisors, so keep an extra close watch on these teeth to watch out for how your child’s oral health is progressing; but tooth weardown can occur in any of the teeth, so watch all of their other teeth as well.

The most normal cause of worn-down teeth is an excess consumption of sugar, so try to fill your child’s meals with vegetables and whole grains rather than sugary foods like sodas and candies. If your child does consume something sugary, make sure they drink some water with it, and don’t forget to brush and floss their teeth.

Finally, it’s imperative to take your child into our office for routine appointments each half of a year. Even if your child is young, their teeth are still susceptible to tooth decay diseases, including Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Make sure you bring your child in for a checkup by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes through the gumline.

The Family Dental Care of Dothan team in Dothan, Alabama, and Dr. Keith Blackmon can aid you. Call them at 334-792-5711 now to schedule your next visit.