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Did you know that many adults—as many as 47% of adults—actually have tooth decay? While you may have heard that decay is uncommon, adults and children often have to cope with this issue. However, children are even more vulnerable to some types of gum disease than adults are, though there are several things you can do to avoid these issues.

You see, children are prone to an issue known as baby bottle tooth decay, which occurs when you give your child a bottle full of sugary drinks. Sugary drinks can pool in your child’s mouth, leaving their teeth exposed to sugar longer. While sugar itself doesn’t actually cause cavities, it can help bacteria thrive. Sadly, baby bottle decay can be caused by a number of problems, including milk, juice, and soda.

Luckily, there are a number of things you might be able to do to avoid this problem. You probably know that you should help your child brush and floss their teeth. You should also take your child to the dentist every few months for a routine checkup. Specifically, if your child doesn’t sleep well without a bottle, you could give them one with milk in it.

To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Prachi Deore, please don’t hesitate to call Coppell Smiles at 972-315-2200. We’ll gladly inspect your mouth for signs of trouble and offer you specific advice.