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If you’ve raised a child–or are raising one–there are probably tricks you know for keeping your baby calm and happy. Still, do you ever wonder if there’s more you could do to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong? Or if there’s anything you do that could be damaging your little one’s teeth?

For example, do you use a pacifier? If you do, that’s perfectly understandable. Children often need a pacifier to calm down, especially when their teeth are coming in. Granted, using a pacifier for too long can lead to problems. For example, excessive sucking could cause teeth to come in slanted or narrow the roof of the mouth–but these problems don’t usually start until your child is about four. However, please don’t coat your child’s pacifier in anything sweet. This can increase your child’s chances of having cavities.

Similarly, did you know that your child could have to deal with tooth decay because of their bottle? Usually, this happens when parents give their baby a bottle when putting them to bed. When a child’s teeth stay in contact with sugary drinks (including milk) for extended periods of time, their teeth become more vulnerable to decay. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem–don’t give you child milk or another sugary drink when putting them to bed. If your child needs a bottle to sleep, we recommend filling it with water.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Somerset Family Dental at 480-359-1478. Our entire team, including Dr. Brandon J. Ryff, is excited to hear from you.