Baby bottle tooth decay describes the tooth decay that occurs in children. The decay usually happens on the front teeth as the sugar found in formula, milk or juices leads to cavities on the incisors.
Having a good oral hygiene routine for your child together with routine dentist visits and preventive care will help avert baby bottle tooth decay. Talk to the dentist about how to take care of your baby’s teeth, as well as teach them how to care for the teeth themselves, as they grow older.
As we said, the sugar found in breastmilk, formula, as well as juices is the cause of this condition. The sugar coats the teeth, especially when the baby uses the bottle for extended periods.
The bacteria grows and creates too much acid that attacks the baby’s teeth and the enamel, leading to cavities.
If you see dark, brown spots on the child’s teeth this can be a sign of tooth decay. If not treated on time, or prevented, the child can experience pain and swelling in the affected area.
When a child grows with proper oral hygiene and strong teeth, it sets the tone for strong and healthy oral health in their adulthood.
If not treated on time, tooth decay can lead to severe and chronic pain, misaligned adult teeth, difficulty biting and eating, and severe infections.
At Thrive Kids Dentistry, we’re proud to provide emphatic and personalized pediatric dental care for families in Edmonds. That means that we will provide the treatment that fits the exact needs of your child.
Moreover, we also try to educate parents on the best oral healthcare practices at home, enabling them to take better care of their child’s teeth.
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