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Would you be surprised to learn that many adults actually have tooth decay? In reality, studies have shown that nearly 47% of individuals who are older than 30 have tooth decay? Fortunately, there are several things you can consider doing if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy. Still, would you be surprised to learn that your children can also suffer from tooth decay?

Like adults, children can be more vulnerable to tooth decay based on what they drink. Sugary drinks like soda and juice can leave you more vulnerable to decay. However, milk can also lead to the same issues. Your child is especially susceptible to these problems if you give them a bottle filled with these drinks before they go to bed. The liquid from their bottles can pool in their mouths, exposing their teeth to sugars that could ultimately leave them more vulnerable to decay.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid tooth decay. If your child struggles to sleep without their bottle, try filling it with water. You may also consider not sharing utensils with your child since the bacteria that can cause decay can spread through saliva. You should also protect your little one’s mouth even before their first tooth has broken the skin. We recommend wiping their mouth with a clean cloth after they eat or drink.

If you have more questions about helping your child prevent tooth decay, we invite you to contact Dayley Family Dental by calling 208-321-1141. We’ll gladly answer any questions you might have and offer you personalized advice. Dr. Blake Dayley and our team are eager to receive your call.