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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 instance, do you ever give your child a pacifier? Clearly, there are several advantages to using a pacifier, but some parents wonder if they can be bad for your child’s teeth. Sadly, sucking a pacifier can lead to problems—such as slanted teeth—but your child won’t be in any danger of this until they are 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 Red Mountain Family Dental at 480-641-4165. Our entire team, including Dr. Josephson, is excited to hear from you.