Giving your baby a milk bottle at bedtime could lead to tooth decay. Here’s what you can do to care for baby teeth and prevent dental caries.
Baby bottle tooth decay refers to the development of cavities and early loss of baby teeth among infants and toddlers, usually brought on by prolonged milk bottle use.
Think that your child’s milk teeth are not important? Think again. Not only are baby teeth important for chewing and speech development in the early years of your child’s life, but they are also crucial to the growth of straight and healthy teeth in adulthood. A lack of attention to your little one’s teeth, coupled with baby bottle tooth decay, may affect your child’s long-term oral health and self-esteem if left untreated.
The good news is that your child’s chompers can still be saved if the problem is detected early.
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by frequent and long-term exposure of your child’s teeth to sweetened fluids, such as formula milk, fruit juice, and syrups with sugar or honey. Sugars from these fluids tend to cling to your child’s teeth and feed bacteria in the mouth, which produce acids that attack the teeth.
Baby bottle tooth decay can affect any of your child’s teeth but mostly occurs in the upper and lower front teeth.
Other common symptoms of tooth decay to look out for include:
Tooth decay in infants and toddlers can become a critical issue if left untreated. Your child will likely experience pain and bad infections which affect the gum or face.
Here are some treatment methods to explore if you suspect that your child has tooth decay:
Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can prevent this not-so-sweet problem from occurring.
Some prevention and oral care tips include:
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This article was last reviewed on
Thursday, May 26, 2022
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