Oral Health Information for Parents and Kids

Oral Health Information for Parents


Protecting your Child

What Causes Early Childhood Cavities?

  • Letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle. When your baby is asleep, the liquids that contain sugar stay around the teeth and can cause decay. Even breast milk and formula contain sugar.
  • Prolonged nursing with mother or allowing your baby to fall asleep while nursing.
  • Allowing your infant to walk around with a bottle.


Put your child to bed without a bottle

Your child can fall asleep without a bottle! Here are five tips to try:

  • Let your child take a “security” blanket, teddy bear, doll, or favorite toy to bed.
  • Quietly sing or play restful music.
  • Hold or rock your child.
  • Give your child a back rub to help him or her to relax.
  • Read or tell your child a story.


What are the effects of early childhood cavities?

  • Tooth loss
  • Ear and speech problems
  • Crooked permanent teeth
  • Severe pain
  • Poor self-image
  • Tooth Decay


Six ways you can prevent early childhood cavities

  1. Get into the habit of putting your baby to bed without a bottle.
  2. Never put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with formula, milk, juice, sugar water or soda pop. If your baby must have a bottle to go to sleep, fill it with water.
  3. Do not let your infant walk around with a bottle.
  4. Clean your infant’s gums and teeth after every feeding with a small, damp soft cloth or a gauze pad. For older infants use a toothbrush with soft bristles to brush their teeth.
  5. Start teaching your infant to use a cup as early as nine months. Trade your baby’s bottle for a training cup by age 1.
  6. Check with your doctor or dentist to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride each day.

Smiles at Every Age
Smiles at Every Age

A guide to your child’s oral health care, from birth to 18.