Affinity Health Plan

  • Prevent Early Childhood Cavities

    October 07, 2015

    Early childhood cavities are caused by allowing infants to drink from a bottle of juice or milk for long periods of time.

    Tooth decay causes pain and infection, and it is preventable.  The dental disease begins between the ages of one and three.Baby Teeth

    To help prevent early childhood cavities follow these easy steps:

    • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle.

    • If a bottle is their pacifier, use only water in the bottle.

    • Babies who drink bottles lying down may have more ear infections.

    • Only give your baby a bottle during meals.

    • Teach your child to drink from a cup as soon as possible or by 1 year of age.

    • Keep your baby's mouth clean by using gauze or a baby toothbrush after feedings.

    • Use water and a soft children's toothbrush for daily cleaning once your child has teeth.

    • Take your child to the dentist! The first visit should be by your child's first birthday.

    DentaQuest accepts members of Affinity Health Plan. Please call 1-855-208-6768 or visit our website at for more information.


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