What You Need To Know About Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Some parents may not realize how important baby teeth are and just like adult teeth they are susceptible to tooth decay. One of the causes of tooth decay in infants and young children is bottle drinking. This occurrence is referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. It’s important for all parents to be properly educated on this disease, how it is caused, and how to prevent it from happening.

Is Your Child at Risk for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by poor oral hygiene. Your child’s mouth is as important as an adult’s and it needs to be maintained properly, even in the areas that do not have teeth yet. Long exposure of baby teeth to sugary drinks such as juice or sugar water can increase the chance of your child developing tooth decay. The decay of baby teeth can also be caused by saliva of the parent. Periodontal disease or tooth decaying bacteria can be transferred through saliva. It is not recommended for parents to place a  pacifier or spoon in their mouth before putting it in their child’s mouth. Another cause for a child’s tooth decay is that the child may not be receiving enough fluoride into their system. To correct that you should speak to your child’s Pediatric Dentist.

What Can You Do to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay from Developing?

To help prevent baby bottle tooth decay, limit or remove the use of the bottle before bed time. It’s important that you do not let your child fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth. When they are done feeding, wipe down your baby’s gums with a clean damp washcloth and brush any teeth that have emerged before they fall asleep (if any of their teeth are touching, floss lightly). Limit or try to eliminate sugary drinks or juices from your child’s diet. If they are still using the bottle for drinks, only let them drink water to keep their teeth healthy. Encourage your child to drink out of a cup by the time they are one year old. If you are worried that your child may be at risk for baby bottle tooth decay, consider talking to your Pediatric Dentist about dental sealants.

What Should I Do If My Child Has Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

If your child is showing white spots on their teeth, it can be an early sign of tooth decay. It can generally be reversed with fluoride treatment and reducing the consumption of acidic foods and beverages. The fluoride will help rebuild the surface of the enamel. Make sure to pay attention to your child’s teeth because once tooth decay has gone beyond a certain point, it cannot be reversed. Signs of altering stages of decay are: black or brown spots on teeth, swollen or bleeding gums, and constant bad breath. If your child shows any of these symptoms bring them to a Pediatric Dentist as soon as possible. Tooth decay can spread and your child may develop other oral health problems as an adult.

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure your children are given the opportunity to receive the best oral health care options there are available. We also want you to be knowledgeable of anything you can do to help your child’s oral hygiene.

Call today 516-758-KIDS (5437) and reserve your child’s dental care appointment. Advanced Children’s Dentistry is proud to serve the surrounding areas: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City, and more.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Infographic

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