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You probably know that there are several things you can do to keep your teeth strong. Sadly, nearly half of all American adults actually have tooth decay. Fortunately, you may be able to do a few things to prevent cavities and tooth decay—in your mouth and in your children’s mouth.

Did you know that children are as likely to have tooth decay as adults are? Sadly, children can have tooth decay, but could also have baby bottle decay if you aren’t careful. You see, bad bacteria can actually damage your teeth and lead to decay, but sugar actually won’t. Instead, sugar can create an environment where bad bacteria can thrive. Giving your child a bottle with sugar in it can let sugar pool in your mouth, causing a number of problems, such as tooth decay.

Naturally, you can prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth, but there are a few other things you can do. For example, did you know that you might be spreading decay to your children by sharing utensils with them? You could also leave them more vulnerable to decay if you don’t clean their gums with a clean cloth even before their teeth come in.

To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Jorge de la Osa, please call 323.266.2120. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have, inspect your child’s teeth, and help you keep their smile healthy and strong. Our entire team at Sunshine Dental Group is excited to hear from you soon!