Baby bottle tooth decay is the term used when infants and toddlers get decay in their teeth—even though the teeth are temporary.
Why should you be concerned about decay in a child’s temporary teeth? Teeth affect the ability to chew, speak properly, and to have a healthy-looking smile. Healthy first teeth affect healthy adult teeth.
If babies or toddlers are put in bed with a bottle, or if they drink lots of sugary drinks, tooth decay is promoted. Inadequate fluoride also promotes tooth decay.
What can you do to keep your baby’s teeth and gums healthy? Avoid filling his or her bottle with sugar water, sugary juices or soda. Before teeth erupt, after feeding, wipe his or her gums with a clean, soft damp cloth. Avoid giving him or her sugary snacks.
When teeth erupt, brush them with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. As your child’s dexterity improves, teach him or her to practice good oral hygiene. Teach your child to brush and floss his or her teeth.
When teeth appear, have a dentist examine your child’s teeth and gums. Don’t take temporary tooth for granted.
This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.