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Baby Bottles, Pacifiers, and Thumb-Sucking Can Ruin Your Baby’s Teeth

Babies suck on things; it’s their natural and physiological reflex. They find comfort in bringing their fingers, pacifiers or any object within reach inside their mouth. Though it may be a normal aspect of their development, sucking could create a problem for your baby.

Frequent and long-term sucking can be dangerous, especially if it develops into a habit. Thumb-sucking, in particular, can distort the teeth, causing them to slant or tilt, while the jaws could get misaligned. In addition, pacifiers can alter the mouth. As much as possible, put a stop to thumb-sucking, especially if it goes beyond the period for its physiological need. As for baby bottles and pacifiers, there are a couple of things that you need to consider.

For safety precautions, look for pacifiers that are made in one piece. Avoid those with easily detachable parts; there is a potential danger of being swallowed if it breaks into smaller parts. Never attach the pacifier to a string and place it on your child’s neck, to avoid accidental strangulation.

Cavity-causing bacteria thrive on excess food materials, so always clean the pacifier and baby bottle after every use. Wash them with warm water to eliminate germs. Never share your baby’s bottle or pacifier with another baby since bacteria can be passed on.

It is important to keep your baby’s teeth healthy, now and even after babyhood, since most will remain until adolescence or even until adulthood. At the slightest detection of tooth decay, always consult a dentist for treatment.

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With 2018 just around the corner, here are a few things dentists hope you limit in the New Year.

  Sugary Drinks Sodas, Energy and Sport Drinks and even some coffee contain a lot of sugar. According to the American Dental Association, “When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel”.  We all know the best substitute for sugary drinks is water but if you cannot break the habit, do not drink these sugary beverages over long periods of time.  Try drinking it with a meal to li...

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