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If you are interested in protecting your child’s smile from baby bottle tooth decay, this is the perfect blog for you! Our Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC team has put together some tips that will help you help your child grow into the strong and healthy smile they deserve. Those tips are:

· After your child eats, wipe their gums with a wet washcloth or gauze pad to wash away the harmful particles that reside there.
· When your child has teeth, brush them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you brush, only use a small, rice-sized amount of paste until they turn 3 years old. Between the ages of 3 and 6, you can increase the amount of paste used to the size of a green pea.
· If your child is brushing their own teeth, make sure you are there to supervise. It is very important that they perform a thorough cleaning job and they do not swallow the paste.
· Please only keep breast milk, milk, and formula in the baby bottle. Try to avoid giving your child sugary drinks, like soda and juice.
· Have your child finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to sleep.
· Please keep from dipping your child’s binky in sugar or honey.

Dr. Kevin Caldwell and our friendly dental team care for your child and their smile. So, if you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to call 417.673.1988 and schedule an appointment. Your dentist will be happy to meet with you and your child, discuss your concerns, examine your child’s mouth, and give you the best tips to be successful. We look forward to helping you!