Get the Answers to Your Questions About Baby Bottle Decay

Your family dentist in Middletown, NY will emphasize that good dental care is important, even for babies. Once his first tooth comes in, you should begin taking steps to promote your child’s oral health, and this includes preventing baby bottle tooth decay. Continue reading to learn the answers to common questions about this childhood dental problem. healthy - baby - teeth

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, there is a potential for cavities. Also, his teeth are at a higher risk of cavities if they are in contact with sugary liquids for extended periods. Some examples of these include breast milk, formula, sweetened water, and fruit juice. The tooth decay that can result due to long periods of contact with these liquids is called baby bottle tooth decay.

Why is it important to keep baby teeth healthy?

Many parents wonder why they need to worry about baby bottle tooth decay and other oral health problems if their child’s first set of teeth are going to fall out when they start to get their adult teeth. Your child’s baby teeth hold space in his jaw for his adult teeth. If your baby loses these teeth because of decay, this can allow his permanent teeth to drift and make it difficult for them to come in properly.

How can I prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

There are several steps that you can take to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and cavity-free. To help prevent baby bottle tooth decay, never put your child to bed with a sippy cup or a baby bottle and do not give him a bottle in place of a pacifier. Also, it’s important to start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they begin to appear. To do this, gently clean his teeth twice per day using a child-sized toothbrush and a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste. Finally, bring your baby to his first dental office appointment by age 1 or when his first tooth comes in to get his dental care off to a great start.

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