You can help prevent your baby from getting cavities or developing what is often called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, by beginning an oral hygiene routine within the first few days after birth. You may think it sounds to early to worry about their teeth, when they are not even to be seen. In fact, it is the best time to start.
Start by cleaning your baby’s mouth by wiping the gums with a clean gauze pad. This helps removes plaque that can harm erupting teeth. When your child’s teeth begin to come in, brush them gently with a child’s size toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.
For bottle feedings, place only formula, milk or breast milk inside and avoid using sugary beverages such as juice or soda. If you do serve juice to your infant, try diluting it with water to cut down on the extra sugar.
Infants should finish their bedtime and nap time bottle before going to bed. If they insist on a bottle to help soothe them in their crib or bed, try offering water as a substitute.