Baby bottle tooth decay

published February 28th, 2012

As a experienced Dentists with the highest reputation and expertise in this field we like to share this article about Baby bottle caries. It’is a dental condition that can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child. The upper front teeth are the most susceptible to damage, but other teeth also may be affected.

What causes baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, fizzy sweetened drinks, and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant’s teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque. Every time your child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks his/her teeth. After numerous  attacks, tooth decay can occur, resulting in baby bottle tooth decay. Parents and carers should be especially concerned with giving an infant a sugary drink at nap or night time. During sleep, the flow of saliva decreases, allowing the sugary liquids to pool around the child’s teeth for an extended period of time.

How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
Parents sometimes do not realize that baby’s teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they appear in the infant’s mouth. By the time the decay is noticed, it may be too late to save the child’s teeth. You can prevent this from happening to your child’s teeth by knowing how to protect them. • Breast feed your baby.
• After each feeding wipe the child’s teeth and gums with a damp washcloth or small soft toothbrush to remove plaque.
• Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts.
• Flossing should begin when all primary teeth have erupted, usually by age 2 or 2 1/2.
• Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing a sweetened liquid.
• If your child refuses to fall asleep without a bottle, simply fill it with water and nothing else
• If your local water supply does not contain enough decay-fighting fluoride, check with your dentist to see if your child  should receive fluoride supplements.
• Start dental visits between six and twelve months of age.

How serious is baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay can cause painful toothaches which can hinder eating. Severely decayed teeth can become infected and need to be extracted. If your child’s teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may have some of these problems:
• Poor eating habits
• Speech problems
• Crooked teeth
• Damaged adult (permanent) teeth
• Yellow or brown adult (permanent) teeth

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