Growing healthy teeth

Growing healthy teeth

Avoid baby bottle syndrome and cavities

growing healthy teeth

To avoid the Baby Bottle Syndrome, and give the baby healthy teeth when they come in: 

  • Give the bedtime bottle outside the crib. 
  • Wipe the baby's gums regularly after eating with a dry washcloth around your finger, especially at bedtime. 
  • Wipe the bottom gums inside and outside, upper gums inside and outside, and then tongue.
  • Brush the teeth as soon as they appear with a soft baby brush without toothpaste.
  • Accustom your baby to water in the bottle after 6 months–outside the crib–especially before bedtime to rinse teeth.

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN